Pre-and Probiotic Supplementation in Ruminant Livestock Production

Mitchel Graham Stover, Ronald Ross Watson, Robert J. Collier

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Today, more than 3.6 billion domestic ruminant animals, primarily cattle, sheep, and goats, contribute significantly to the global economy (. Hackmann and Spain, 2009). In the last 30 years, there have been considerable improvements in ruminant production, and these advances must continue in order to meet growing demands. This chapter will review the current literature on the use of pre- and probiotic supplementation as a method for improving ruminant production and satisfying the demands associated with this industry. Recent studies suggest that integrating pre- and probiotics into ruminant feeds might improve various aspects of ruminant performance, mitigate disease, promote overall animal health and well-being, and reduce the environmental impacts of ruminant production. It is believed that pre- and probiotics provide these benefits by favorably modulating the microbial environment within the gastrointestinal tract of ruminant animals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProbiotics, Prebiotics, and Synbiotics
Subtitle of host publicationBioactive Foods in Health Promotion
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780128023716
ISBN (Print)9780128021897
StatePublished - 2016


  • Cattle
  • Feed supplements
  • Goats
  • Gut microbiota
  • Prebiotics
  • Probiotics
  • Ruminants
  • Sheep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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