In biology lessons at school, we learn about the “cell theory” – the fact that our body is made of Trillions of cells that turns on different parts of human DNA to specialize in different body functions (nerves, veins, muscles, fat, bones…). We really have At least as many cells In our bodies and in non-human beings that can play desirable or undesirable roles. A negative example is various bacteria It lives on our skin and produces body odor We try to suppress it. On the positive side, there are many and varied microbes that live in our digestive system, and if that “gut microbiome” is well-populated with “good guys,” we’ll enjoy it. Many health benefits From better digestion to improved mental function to a better immune response. Microbiome health is very important to the animals that provide us with meat and eggs and dairy products.
Over the past several years, there has been a significant shift in our understanding of the complex dynamics of these microbial communities. This revolution was activated by Depreciation of DNA sequencing technology – a tool to quickly and accurately identify these microorganisms – something that is almost impossible to develop in the laboratory alone.
Arm and Hammer Animal and Food Production has been involved with farm animals since the 1930s from the venerable sodium bicarbonate production we know. baking soda – and parent company, Church & Dwight, has a 178-year history spanning multiple industries. By founding ARM and a company called HAMMER, they moved into the cutting edge territory of microbiomes. Agro Bioscience™ are using modern technologies to monitor the “gut health” of animals, but also to understand what they call “microbial terror”. Similar to the concept of terroir in wine production, which includes the environment in which the grapes are grown, RM and Hammer evaluate the environment, feed and habitat to see what factors can affect animal health and productivity. You can also see what happens in the animal by using manure and tissue samples.
At the Hearted Center for Science in Waukesha, Wisconsin, ARM and HAMMER provide laboratory analysis to dairy, cattle, swine and poultry farmers to diagnose production or health problems with their animals. They can identify the pathogens present and identify the levels of key beneficial organisms. For example, if there are different houses on a poultry farm and the growth rate in one house is slowing down, this may be due to a microbial imbalance or the presence of pathogens. Similarly, if the milk production of certain dairy cows is not up to standard, there may be a microbiological problem.
Solving microbiome issues is a related game of finding the right strain or strains of bacteria that inhibit the growth of pathogens identified in laboratory analysis. Over the years, ARM and HAMMER have identified more than 30,000 Bacillus Species you can use to find the right “good bacteria” match.
This natural, non-antibiotic approach to disease control allows farmers to tackle challenges without a veterinary prescription.
Arm & Hammer isn’t the only company looking to offer farmers a natural probiotic product, but few if any have such an extensive library. Bacillus Species housed at the heart of science. In combination Bacillus A library of research and product development capabilities provides ARM and HAMMER scientists with unlimited combinations to obtain the “correct” colony forming units (CFUs) required.
“Gut health” and “probiotics” are hot topics among people today, but they exist Long story Behind these concepts. In the year In the early 1900s, a Russian Nobel laureate named Eli Mechnikoff began documenting the human health benefits of the microbes used in the production of fermented foods such as yogurt. The term “probiotics” was coined in 1953 by a German scientist named Werner Kollat, and today many foods and supplements are marketed based on the various health and wellness benefits of consuming live, beneficial organisms.
On the same prevention front, ARM and HAMMER have other supplements that have been able to document microbiome benefits. For example, their CELMANAX™ for cattle is based on the yeast cell wall, which is used to develop certain sugars that act as prebiotics. The unique structure of the cell wall also binds mycotoxins and gram-negative (often pathogenic) bacteria, allowing them to be removed from the gut before they cause health problems.
They have extended their product line from the cow to the beds used for housing the cattle. The current increase in the implementation of sustainable initiatives on dairy farms has created a bed byproduct that helps reduce environmental impact but increases the potential for health issues. The use of beneficial bacteria in the bed, as in the intestine, prevents the growth of pathogens.
A similar product is used in poultry and pig barns to control pathogens, control odors, and increase nitrogen levels in manure.
Overall, this is an encouraging example of leveraging technology to improve animal health and welfare using natural solutions in addition to efficient production and resource use.