Bioactive compounds to reduce stress in cattle

Organic-PLUS researchers from UNIPR, UNIPD and the Agricultural university of Athens have recently published a study demonstrating that bioactive feed additives to reduce stress in cattle do not negatively affect other health factors:

Long-term administration of a commercial supplement enriched with bioactive compounds does not affect feed intake, health status, and growth performances in beef cattle

This study evaluated the impact of a feed additive containing Scutellaria baicalensis extract on beef cattle health status and performance. A total of 143 male Charolaise cattle were assigned to a control or supplemented group, and health status and growth performance were monitored over 4 months. Our results revealed that the long-term dietary inclusion of S. baicalensis did not impair animals’ health status and performance, indicating no detrimental effect of the feed additive.

The results of this study have been published in the indexed peer-review journal Archives Animal Breeding. Fully available at: https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-65-135-2022

Citation: Simoni, M., Goi, A., Pellattiero, E., Mavrommatis, A., Tsiplakou, E., Righi, F., De Marchi, M., and Manuelian, C. L.: Long-term administration of a commercial supplement enriched with bioactive compounds does not affect feed intake, health status, and growth performances in beef cattle, Arch. Anim. Breed., 65, 135–144, https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-65-135-2022, 2022.

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