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Equine

Amaferm Equine

 

Horses are exceedingly sensitive to environmental stress and sudden alterations in diet. According to Equine Extension Specialist Carey Williams, PhD, from the Equine Science Center at Rutgers, “These changes can result in the development of colic or laminitis, potentially due to alterations in the microbial population or lack of the proper microbes in the hind-gut.” Amaferm® impacts and enhances the beneficial microbes in the gut so the horse has the best chance possible to handle these stresses.

Volatile fatty acids are a major source of energy in the horse. Glinskey et al., reported that 30% of the digestible energy for the horse is obtained from VFA production in the cecum. Many research trials have shown that AMAFERM® increases the total production of VFAs. Increased VFA production comes through an increase in microbial activity resulting in increased and more efficient fermentation in the hind-gut. The ability of AMAFERM® to increase total VFA production includes the production of butyrate. Butyrate is metabolized by the intestinal villi for use as an energy source by the cells. More butyrate can result in increased development and maintenance of the villi. This is important as the villi are the site of nutrient absorption. Without nutrient absorption, there is no energy to perform.

The addition of AMAFERM® in the diet helps horses digest, break down and absorb their feedstuffs more completely. In research conducted at the University of Georgia, fewer nutrients were found in the fecal samples, translating to more nutrients being used by the horse. This increased digestion/absorption results in healthier animals (more energy available) during maintenance and during times of stress. For horses with the performance demands of an athlete, Amaferm® will provide more energy to also assist with stamina.

 

Digestibility

Amaferm® consistently increases digestion and VFA production through the stimulation of the naturally occurring microorganisms and a more complete, efficient fermentation. A study conducted with Amaferm® by the University of Georgia (McDaniel et al., 1991) found a reduction in fecal crude protein by 1%, fat by 24%, fiber by 8% and ash by 10%. These results prove that the addition of AMAFERM® in the diet caused horses to digest, break down and absorb the feedstuffs more completely. Less nutrients were found in the fecal samples and therefore, more nutrients were used by the horse.

Amaferm® Impacts Digestion in Equine

Chart shows percentage change in fecal material indicating increased digestion and absorption of nutrients with Amaferm in the diet since the fecal material of the control had more nutrients in it implying it was not digested or used by the horse.

Amaferm

Control

 

Source: McDaniel, J. Anim. Sci. 71.2164-2172

 

Amaferm® Impacts VFA Production in Equine

Amaferm

Control

 

Source: McDaniel, J. Anim. Sci. 71.2164-2172