Evaluation of efficacy of feed additive Sanbio SANA on the somatic cell count of milk cows, Germany

How we deal with somatic cells for better milk

Drossdorf, Germany (January 08, 2020) – Modern high-performance cows make it necessary to cover the high energy demand through targeted and performance feed. If this fails, so will almost inevitably a one often latent and not perceived as such ruminal acidosis. Only when added other conditions and performance depression, the ruminal acidosis can be recognized. Typical of this complex of health and performance problems are fertility disorders, eating depression, ketosis, hoof diseases, mastitis and increased cell counts in the milk.

A number of studies show that feeding of cows with Sanbio SANA can reduce cell numbers and increases milk production. The effect of an optimized feeding is visible in particular farms with high somatic cell counts in the milk. The cell numbers decline continuously. This contributes to the health of the animals and gets their production value.

The objective of the trial what to evaluate the efficiency of Sanbio SANA added into diets for dairy cows fed compared to similar diets but without addition of Sanbio SANA. The trial was performed according to the Best Practice Guideline by targeting the sensitive parameter somatic cell count regarding mastitis.

This project is being carried out within the collaboration between the Agrargenossenschaft Drossdorf – Germany and SANBOS GmbH – Germany.

The farming company is located in the center of Germany and maintains 400 milk cows. The production capacity is 8,000-10,000 liter milk per cow annually. The farming company is awarded and belongs to the 30% of best milk producers in state Saxony-Anhalt.

1.  Materials and methods

Table 1. Overview of the treatment applied to dairy cows

Responsible organization Agrargenossenschaft Drossdorf
Location Drossdorf, Germany
Species Ruminant
Breed Holstein Friesian
Number 50 heads per control group, 50 heads per experimental group
Experimental product Sanbio SANA, manufactured by SANBOS GmbH, Germany
Rate 3 kg per tonne complete feed, resp. 150g/cow/day
Timetable 120 day supplemention
Evaluation Somatic cell count (SCC)

2.  Results

Figure 1. Course of somatic cell count (SCC) in cells/mL milk during 120 days of supplementation

3. Conclusion

To summarize, the present study shows significantly positive effects of SANBIO SANA at the dosage of 0.3% of diet (resp. 150g/cow/day) on health status and somatic cell count.

The positive effects at a glance:

  • Reduction of somatic cell count (-75%)
  • Improved milk quality
  • Improvement of health status
  • Safety and tolerance when used dietary additions.