So far in our Gut Health Series we have covered the implications of good gut health on digestion and absorption, as well as its correlation to immunity. However, research has proven that good gut health also has a profound impact on animal behavior.
Often taken for granted, the proportion of good vs bad bacteria in the digestive system can have a significant impact on brain chemistry and visa versa. Let’s use humans for example. If a person starts to experience some sort of extreme stress (whether it be physically or emotionally), their behavior is altered. Whether it’s a big test you need to cram for because you spent all weekend at a livestock show or a big job interview you are trying to prep for, your perfectly health self may become nervous and experience those not-so-good butterflies in your stomach. If you come down with the dreaded Denver crud, the most simple, daily tasks become daunting and all you want to do is stay in bed and sleep. These are all prime examples of communication between the brain and the gut.
Fortunately, your animals are no different! If an animal’s gut health is compromised, that perfect showmanship heifer or undefeated barrow are not going to be a team player in the show ring, nor look their best. It is no secret that livestock shows can take a physical and emotional toll on our animals. Going to new, unfamiliar places, being surrounded by strange animals, and bucking routine undoubtedly causes stress. Resulting in animals going off feed and not achieving maximum fill or becoming restless due to an upset stomach.
Amaferm®, the all-natural prebiotic found in every BioZyme® product, will definitely help your livestock behave more desirably in stressful situations. Amaferm is research-proven to stimulate feed intake, increase feed digestibility, and maximize nutrient absorption. Collectively, these actions will result in less digestive upsets and consequently happier animals! When the digestive system is functioning properly and no digestive upsets are present, your animals are going to eat consistently, achieve optimal performance and will act inherently better.
So how can you do everything you can to ensure your animals are feeling and acting their best? Sure Champ® and Vita Charge® are a safe and easy place to start. To give your animals that good gut feeling EVERYDAY, products like Sure Champ Cattle and Sure Champ Spark should be fed daily. For those “bad days” when animals aren’t acting themselves due to any sort of stress or sickness, any of the many convenient Vita Charge products can get your animals back on track. The Vita Charge Stress Tub can be given free-choice at tie outs or in the stalls, while products like Vita Charge Paste and Liquid Boost® can be given orally to ensure your animals receive their high dose of Amaferm, vitamins and trace minerals to get them back on feed and acting content.