Probiotics Probiotics have been described as the opposite of antibiotics. While antibiotics destroy life, probiotics build up or promote life. The function of a probiotic is to improve the growth and development of the normal, desirable microbial population in the gut, allowing them to maintain domination over the undesirable organisms. A probiotic can be a live (viable) culture of microbial species, a dead (nonviable) product of microbial fermentation or an extract of plant origin.
enzolacEnzo-lac (for export only) is a unique product that combines both the probiotic (a lactobacillus fermentation product) and live plant enzymes (Kreb Cycle) on a GMO free (genetically modified organisms) wheat carrier. It is made on-site in our drying facility at Wellesley. The enzymes enhance the efficiency of the probiotic and create a balance in the digestive system to ensure optimum health and productivity.
Stress: Everyday stress can affect the microbial population, and to maintain maximum digestive efficiency you need to keep the bug population on as an even keel as possible. So by regularly adding small additional populations to the existing population, you fill in the gaps left by small daily upsets, moldy feeds and avoid major shifts in the population that can decrease efficiency and cause associated problems.
In times of stress, there is a general consensus the stress causes not only immuno suppression but also causes possible interference with the establishment of protective microflora. Physiological stress such as high-low temperatures, feed deprivation, moving, handling, vaccinations; all can attribute to a gut imbalance. To reduce the risk of opportunistic pathogen load, one should consider the application of EnzoLac post stress.

Deadly Diseases: Ecoli, BSE (Mad Cow), Salmonella With the proper use of Probiotics we would have much less Ecoli in our manure and in turn, our water supply. We would eliminate the problem at the source without the expense of more chemicals in our animals, or on our land and in our water supply. Cattle fed with hay produce less than 1% the E.coli found in the feces of those fed with grain. The Soil Association has undertaken a thorough survey of BSE on organic farms. This revealed that there has been no recorded case of BSE in any herd which has been managed fully organically since before 1985. The use of blood and bonemeal in livestock feed is prohibited under Soil Association standards.

Pathogens: The challenge faced in the agricultural community is the prevention of contamination of farm products with food borne pathogens, such as Salmonella and campylobacter spp. In relation to, for example, Salmonella, much is known about the sources of infection, the means of transmission, and the management factors necessary for effective control. In chicken flocks, for example, infection can arise from vertical transmission from infected breeders, horizontal transmission from contaminated feed or replacements. Infection can also come from a variety of environmental sources such as wild birds, rodents, insects and other factors that can support the viability of the bacteria. Farm managers have instituted strict bio-security programs to reduce the risks associated with salmonella and other pathogens. Programs such as sanitation and disinfections, vaccinations and other programs have been instituted to minimize pathogens, yet their re-occurrence continues to haunt farm managers. Towards this challenge, Bio-Ag Consultants & Distributors have developed products incorporating a Probiotic, that can assist farm managers in their control programs.
Disease affects the animal's performance by depressing the rate of growth, either through low-grade toxicity or impaired physiologic or metabolic activities. How much the performance is depressed by sub clinical or chronic disease is variable. Animal performance in response to feeding probiotics is influenced by the inoculant level fed, the animal species tested, and the animal's stage of maturity, plane of production, level of stress, and rearing environment. The speed with which the gut becomes inoculated with a given bacteria depends on environmental contamination and probiotic administration. Health is probably the most important attribute because almost all disease inevitably results in a degree of metabolic inefficiency. A strong immune system in livestock and humans has proven to ward off disease.

Antibiotics and probiotics Through the enormous use and misuse of antibiotics within the livestock industry we have become increasingly more aware of Probiotics and their importance.  Probiotics are the usual bacteria that all animals need for their digestive well being but have been largely eliminated along with the pathogenic bacteria thru the use of antibiotics.
Sub therapeutic levels of antibiotics in particular have been used as feed additives for years. Unfortunately, these non selective drugs kill non pathogens as well as pathogens. Because certain strains of bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, the positive effect of antibiotics is dynamic. There is also a growing consumer demand to ban antibiotics and other sub therapeutic agents as feed additives because of their connection with residues in food and transferable antibiotic resistance through bacterial resistance factor. The extensive use of antibiotics and other agents in treating bacterial enteritis is somewhat paradoxical. Although these agents might be successful initially, their benefits are often nullified by post antibiotic diarrhea. Diarrhea can severely compromise an animal's health and prolong its time to market weight.
Diarrhea occurs because antibiotics suppress the normal intestinal bacteria and allow abnormal overgrowth of pathogens, which cause disease. By removing the producers of volatile fatty acids, anti microbial agents also remove an important restraint on the growth of yeast and fungi, making them more invasive." Although the pathogenesis of antibiotic-associated diarrhea is poorly understood, studies evaluating gastrointestinal and fecal composition during antibiotic therapy have demonstrated a decrease or disappearance of L. acidophilus."
Regarding the efficacy of antibiotics as growth promotants, any improvement in growth rate and feed efficiency is inversely related to the performance level of untreated control groups. This suggests that growth promotants work to palliate the depressing effects of unbalanced diets, microbial disease, poor environment, and other stressful conditions, rather than actually promoting growth
The discovery that antibiotics included in the feed of chickens and pigs would improve their growth rate implies the existence of an intestinal microflora that depresses growth. This observation was confined by demonstrating that antibiotics added to the diet of germ-free chicks did not increase their growth rate. A number of trials have been conducted contrasting the effects of feeding probiotics versus antibiotics. Probiotics offer the same benefits in animals as low dose antibiotics when used as growth promotants. In addition, they aid in feed conversion, and in some countries are used as prophylactics against enteritis.
Using preparations of live, naturally occurring microorganisms helps restore and maintain the proper balance of beneficial microflora in the intestinal tract during times of stress, disease, and following antibiotic therapy.

    All tests and testimonials show that our Probiotic EnzoLac produces better health for livestock, more productivity and in the end is more cost effective, saves on stress for the animal and farmer, less veterinarian bills, and all around is better for the environment and LIFE in general.