Influence of Crystalyx on paunch activity (in-vitro)
Aim: Influence of Crystalyx on the microbe population and fermentation activity in the paunch
Location of study: Kansas State University, USA, Prof. Jim Drouillard
Four cattle with fistulised paunches were accustomed to a ration consisting of hay and salt over four weeks. After this period, two animals received free access to Crystalyx for three weeks. The rations were then replaced and the procedure repeated. The contents of the paunch were then removed from each animal and studied under the microscope. Cellulose probes were then introduced into the paunches of all the cattle for 14 and 24 hours and digestibility was subsequently identified.
- Increase in protozoans per g rumen fluid by around 50 percent
- Increase in feed intake by 2.4 kg
- Increase in cellulose digestion from 0.4 to 3 percent after 14 hours
- Increase in cellulose digestion from 3.1 to 10.8 percent after 24 hours