News last update:6 Aug 2012

Multiple plant extracts perform better

Single plant extracts do not satisfy all variabilities in rumen digestion, but a combination of products show better effects.

Some five years ago Pancosma introduced its first plant extract product for ruminants, Xtract 6965, designed primarily for use in dairy cow feeding programmes.

Following further research into the application of plant extracts in ruminant nutrition, with an added focus on beef production, it became obvious that a single product could not satisfy all the variabilities of diet type, rumen interactions, behavioural patterns and production methods. This applies equally to dairy and to beef production.

Three plant extracts
A consequence of this research is the development of another unique product, Xtract 7065, which contains three different plant extracts: eugenol, cinnamaldehyde and capsicum.

This dual product approach provides the basis of a new concept, "Xtract Systems for Feeding Ruminants". This enables Xtract performance, enhancing supplements to be positioned more accurately in specific feeding programmes ranging from high forage to high concentrate in beef and dairy production systems.

In a farm trial with the new Xtract 7065 involving 153 beef cattle on barley straw and ad-lib concentrates, feed conversion was improved by 16%, feed use was 14% lower but weight gains similar with those animals fed the ration containing Xtract. These results produce potentially substantial economic benefits.

Controlled release
Another unique property of Xtract 7065 is its microencapsulated physical form using hydrogenated vegetable oil as the base carrier.

This allows for a controlled release of the active substances in the rumen over a long period of time enhancing their reactivity with rumen contents and, in specific cases, modifying feed intake patterns.

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