Three feed ingredients widely used in the Australian livestock industry – Levucell SC, Levucell SB and Agrimos – have been recognised as allowed inputs by organic certifiers in Australia.
Australian Certified Organic (ACO), a non-profit subsidiary of Australian Organic Ltd, has recognised a total of five formulations – Levucell SC 20, Levucell SC 10 ME Titan, Levucell SB 10 ME Titan, Levucell SB 20 and Agrimos – as allowed inputs in organic food and fibre production.
In addition, the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) has recognised the use of Levucell SC 20, Levucell SB 20 and Agrimos as general feed additives or animal health therapies.
NOP also recognised Levucell SC 10 ME Titan and Levucell SB 10 ME Titan, two coated formulations for use in pelletised feeds and premixes, for use as animal health therapies.
All five products are marketed by Lallemand Animal Nutrition, the leading supplier of probiotics, silage inoculants and sealing systems used in Australia’s fodder and livestock industries.
Lallemand Animal Nutrition Managing Director – Australia, Alex Turney, says the certifications represent a major breakthrough for the use of probiotics in the Australian livestock industry.
“These certifications give organic livestock producers, as well as premix and feed manufacturers, access to innovative probiotics and yeast derivatives to support livestock health and performance,” he says.
“Probiotic and yeast derivatives are recognised as scientifically-proven alternatives to antibiotics in all production systems and are now widely used in Australia, USA and Europe.
“They offer the same health and performance benefits as antibiotics without any of the consumer concerns.”
Whereas antibiotics modify the microbial population in the rumen or gut via direct antimicrobial activity, probiotics help to create a beneficial rumen environment via the proliferation of beneficial microflora.
They are particularly useful during periods of known stress, such as weaning, feed transitions or sanitary challenges.
Levucell SC is a natural, strain-specific live yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae CNCM I-1077) that improves the health and performance of dairy and beef cattle.
“S. cerevisiae has been used in baking, brewing and winemaking for thousands of years because of its exceptional fermentative capacities,” Alex says.
“Lallemand selected the I-1077 strain from thousands of samples because of its proven ability to improve rumen function, optimise rumen pH and improve fibre digestion.”
The beneficial effects of Levucell SC upon the health and performance of dairy and beef cattle have been documented in more than 60 scientific papers published throughout the world.
International peer-reviewed studies have confirmed Levucell SC significantly improves the health and performance of dairy and beef cattle at levels equal to, or greater, than the commonly-used antibiotic, monensin.
Other studies have shown that Levucell SC provides an effective alternative to the prescription therapies, virginiamycin and tylosin, for the management of sub-acute ruminal acidosis when fed in combination with rumen buffers and good management.
Levucell SB is a strain-specific live yeast (S. cerevisiae var. boulardii CNCM I-1079) that enhances the intestinal microflora of monogastrics.
It has a direct effect on minimising pathogen load and shedding in the animal and the environment.
“The European Commission has recently authorised the use of Levucell SB as a feed additive for the reduction of carcass contamination by Salmonella spp. in broiler chickens,” Alex says.
“Levucell SB is also being used in the Australian pig industry as a means of improving feed efficiency and reducing heat stress during summer.”
Agrimos is an enriched yeast derivative that contains a rich source of mannan-oligosaccharides, which help to maintain optimal balance of beneficial microflora in the rumen.
Levucell SC, Levucell SB and Agrimos are manufactured using world-class processes that ensure potency, viability and stability are maintained from the factory to the animal.