Meat Profit
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Program Meat profit
Improving heard profitability
and health through nutrition in beef cattle

Meat profit is a new program designed to help farmers focus on the key periods of beef cattle production when feed efficiency, growth performance and meat quality require priority attention.

Challenges facing bovine meat production in Europe

European meat production is divided in two types of farms:

  • Breeder farms rearing beef cows with the aim of producing a live, healthy calf, weaned from its mother and ready for fattening. Animals are mainly fed on pasture and with forage.
  • Fattening farms or feedlots which aim to fatten cattle to increase carcass size and marbling in the beef. Feeding a high-energy, grain-based diet maximizes daily gain and reduces the feed required per unit of gain.

As a result, beef production is split into two main areas: breeding and fattening. There can be a substantial distance between the two kinds of farms and weaned calves may sometimes need to be transported for thousands of miles. This transportation, and the subsequent receiving period, is critical to the success, or failure, of fattening and herd profitability. Animals are highly stressed during transport and they are regrouped into new social groups, handled, vaccinated and dewormed on arrival, causing additional stress.

Good health and growth, and optimal FCR, are key to profitability during the fattening stage.

Meat profit,
a comprehensive program
meeting the challenges of
each production stage for better profit

This program uses 3 Phileo complementary solutions at different stages to solve the different challenges that animals can face with a particular focus on optimizing farm profits:

  • Actisaf, the reference yeast probiotic
  • Safmannan, premium yeast fractions rich in active ingredients
  • Selsaf, premium yeast rich in organic selenium

 

Due to the organization of the market, animals sometimes have to be transported over great distances, which can take several hours to a few days. Animals are constantly standing during transportaton, and feed is restricted, which can cause high levels of stress that lead to rumen dysfunction. This stress also causes suboptimal functioning of the immune system. Animals are also regrouped and mixed with animals from other farms, which can be a major cause of infectious disease. Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is by far the most common disease in receiving beef cattle and may have a huge impact on feedlot economics.

The receiving period: a critical stage for animal health

Bovine respiratory disease can be caused by a mix of factors, including animal groupings, new environments and exposure to pathogens. The receiving period is therefore the critical stage in the development of this syndrome and BRD has a significant effect on treatment costs and performance.

Actisaf® and Safmannan® supplementation during the receiving/conditioning period can mitigate the detrimental effect of stress.

Selsaf® is a natural and organic source of selenium, easily assimilated by organism. It helps reduce sensitivity to oxidative stress after a stressful event (like transportation) and improves immune response to vaccination.

Actisaf®, Safmannan® and Selsaf® have synergistic effects in disease prevention. Safmannan® helps improve general health, reducing excessive responses to subsequent immune challenge. The antioxidant activity of Selsaf® minimizes the effect of immune over-stimulation.

Digestive disorders are a common threat to productivity. High-energy diets can cause an imbalance in the rumen, resulting in various problems, including acidosis. Maintaining a low redox potential and beneficial microflora can help prevent these problems.

Actisaf® helps reduce rumen redox potential, creating a more favourable environment for the rumen microflora.

Less stress, better health and a more favourable rumen environment help improve digestion and overall performance during the receiving period and the entire fattening period.

 

Fattening period : enhancing growth and reducing feed costs

The best weight gain to feed intake ratio is the main goal for maximum profit during fattening. This can be achieved by improving digestion and rumen efficiency.

Trials in various countries have demonstrated that supplementation with Actisaf® helps to boost performance, including ADG and FCR, making fattening more efficient and reducing feed costs.

 

Increasing meat production and quality

Animals supplemented with Actisaf® during the fattening period are heavier and score better on the EUROP scale, which reflects better carcass conformation.

Meat visual appearance is the main quality factors that customers consider during purchase. They also prefer meat with a long shelf life, which maintains the desired quality for longer. Selsaf® supplementation significantly improves meat appearance, making it more attractive to the consumer. It also has a more beneficial effect on shelf life than sodium selenite. Selenium also plays an important role in meat tenderness. Improved meat quality increases customer satisfaction and loyalty.

RETURN ON INVESTMENT

With a return on investment of 3:1, Program Meat profit is more productivity, better meat quality for a bigger profit.

ROI Meat Profit Program

PROGRAM BENEFITSThermostable live yeast concentrate - ActisafPremium yeast fractionSelsaf: Natural source of organic selenium
Support the immune system

Reduce pathogen pressure

Maintain rumen balance

Improve feed efficiency

Prevent acidosis

Boost growth and performance

Improve antioxydant status

Enhance meat quality