Colorado State Research: Diamond V Original Products Promote ADG, Feed Efficiency and Carcass Quality Grade

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Feedlot managers recently gained confirmation of the role of Diamond V Original Products (Original YC, Original XP and Original XPC; Original Product) in feedlot performance and quality grade. Diamond V is the world’s leading supplier of nutritional fermentation products used to optimize digestive function and nutrition key to animal and aqua health, productivity, efficiency and profitability.

Feedlot managers recently gained confirmation of the role of Diamond V Original Products (Original YC, Original XP and Original XPC; Original Product) in feedlot performance and quality grade. Diamond V is the world’s leading supplier of nutritional fermentation products used to optimize digestive function and nutrition key to animal and aqua health, productivity, efficiency and profitability.

John Wagner, Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University, conducted a beef research meta-analysis and found a beneficial effect on average daily gain (ADG), feed efficiency and carcass quality grade when Original Product was fed throughout the entire feeding period.

The meta-analysis evaluated the effects of fermentation products on feedlot performance and carcass traits based on results from 28 feedlot studies. The data consisted of 67 treatments means from 234 pens and 7,660 feedlot cattle.

Methodology

Data analysis used mixed model procedures. Fixed class variables included Diamond V Original Product, monensin, tylosin and implants, in addition to gender. The days on feed were included as a fixed continuous variable, when statistically significant. “Study” was included in all models as a random class variable. The analysis was weighted by pen replicates per treatment mean.

According to Dr. Wagner, the meta-analysis found cattle fed Original Product had 2.8 kg heavier final bodyweight, achieved greater average daily gain of 1.42 kg versus 1.38 kg per day and gained 3.0% more weight per kilogram of dry matter intake (gain: feed ratio) versus control cattle. DMI was similar between the control and Original Product.

Receiving Period

An analysis of receiving period data included 11 studies with 31 records, 104 pens and 1,066 cattle. When the Original Product was compared to a control, Dr. Wagner found statistically significant trends for increased final bodyweight of 1.2 kg, increased ADG of 1.27 kg versus 1.21 kg per day and improved gain: feed of 4.4%. Daily DMI was not influenced by supplementation with Diamond V Original Product.

Finishing Period
For the finishing period, Dr. Wagner reported a statistically significant trend, based on 28 records, 108 pens and 1,906 cattle, of a 2.5% improvement in gain: feed for the Original Product versus a control.

Carcass Data
Dr. Wagner said his carcass data analysis of the research that was statistically significant revealed an increase in the percent Choice and Prime combined -- 66.5% versus 54.8% – and a reduction in the percent Select carcasses of 28.7% versus 40.9% for the Original Product versus the control.

About Diamond V
Diamond V, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, is the world’s leading supplier of nutritional fermentation products used to optimize digestive function and nutrition key to animal and aqua health, productivity, efficiency and profitability. Our commitment to innovation, technology and quality has earned Diamond V a global reputation of trust and reliability within the animal feed industry. For more information contact Diamond V at 800-373-7234 or on the Web at http://www.diamondv.com.

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