Prebiotics are nutrient sources that favor the growth of beneficial bacteria within the host animal, while probiotics are live cultures of bacteria that are fed to improve digestive system health. Using a combination of probiotic and prebiotic strategies to achieve a healthy outcome is referred to as synbiotics. There is some evidence that suggests that the use probiotics and prebiotics may improve the health of monogastrics, but their potential benefits for ruminants are not well understood. Short- and long-term outcomes of these treatments for ruminant productivity, metabolic efficiency, feed digestibility and food safety have not yet been assessed.
Research currently underway and funded by the National Check-off and Canada’s Beef Science Cluster will help the Canadian beef industry to better evaluate and understand the potential of prebiotic, probiotic, and synbiotic approaches to improve animal productivity and food safety.
To learn more about this research, see the BCRC fact sheet: http://www.beefresearch.ca/factsheet.cfm/exploring-potential-benefits-of-prebiotic-probiotic-and-synbiotic-use-in-cattle-139
Click here to subscribe to the BCRC Blog and receive email notifications when new content is posted.
The sharing or reprinting of BCRC Blog articles is welcome and encouraged. Please provide acknowledgement to the Beef Cattle Research Council, list the website address, www.BeefResearch.ca, and let us know you chose to share the article by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome your questions, comments and suggestions. Contact us directly or generate public discussion by posting your thoughts below.