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MICROBIOME 101 A SHORT LESSON

Scientists are discovering the wondrous influence of a balanced microbiome. 

The microbiome is the active microbial eco-system(or community) that lives in or on an animal’s body - over 100 trillion microbes plus their genes. 

The genes in an animals microbiome outnumber the genes in its genome by about 100 to 1.

While microbiota live on virtually every surface of the animals body (skin microbiota, respiratory microbiota etc.); by far the greatest concentration of these invisible creatures is in the gut. Here these microbes are the worker bees that perform most of the important bodily functions.

The microbiome’s primary task is to enable food to be fully digested and nutrients to be metabolised. Another key job for the microbiome is to maintain a healthy gut by nourishing the cells of the gut wall. This wall is only one cell thick, with the animal’s immune system sitting on the other side.

In summary the gut microbiota live in a peaceful coexistence with their host while looking after its health and welfare.  They influence the animal’s immune system, the animal’s production of vitamins and metabolites, and its production of enzymes to enable food to be digested and nutrients to be metabolised.

Probiotic or direct feed microbials are becoming increasingly popular as one of the alternatives to Antibiotic Growth Prompters (AGP) in animals. They not only maintain and improve the performance (productivity and growth) of the animal but additionally prevent and control enteric (gut) pathogens. The Bacillus subtilis species have the advantage here as they are delivered as spores which are stable in feed additives.

How does MBS build a better microbiome?

In the world of gut microbiota (formerly called gut flora), there is both good and bad bacteria. MBS has been developed to maximise the good gut microbiota which in turn support the immune system, protect from disease and detoxify the body. 

In doing this the good gut microbiota help to keep the bad gut microbiota in check. It is the bad gut microbiota which play a role in inflammation and disease. It is very important for animal health to maintain a balanced gut microbiota.

How does MBS help with stress management?

MBS has a role to play in animal stress management, as literature reports that humates reduce the production of stress causing hormones. Humates are one of natures sources for good microbes, which are plentiful in peat and silage. 

However the controlled fermentation and brewing of MBS ensures that only beneficial microbes are cultured, unlike in peat and silage where the fermentation process is uncontrolled, which can also culture non-beneficial microbes.

MBS is brewed to be homogenous for good microbiota. Animals exposed to good microbiota may display calmer behaviour when placed in stressful environments, both in their eating habits and in their general welfare.

MBS may help to support an animal’s welfare in stressful conditions such as travelling and overcrowding. 

Signs of a healthy gut microbiome after MBS

Physical:

  • Good appetite
  • Weight gain
  • Extra top-line
  • Great hide/fleece

Mental:

  • Calmer
  • Less concern for outside stimulus
  • Less aggressive
  • Less stressed
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