Probiotics - What's all the fuss?

Probiotics - What's all the fuss?

Probiotics have become quite a hot topic as we discover more about each different strain and their role in the microbiome. There is still much to learn, but here is a little about what we know now.



  • Stabilize rumen fermentation
  • Promote lactic acid production
  • Mitigate negative effects of stress on the gut
  • Increase dry matter intake
  • Increase feed efficiency
  • Stimulate immune response
  • Exclude harmful pathogens



It seems like probiotic products are flooding the market, and it may be difficult to understand differences from one product to another. Here are some things to look for.

  • Colony Forming Units indicate the organism count provided in the supplement. The larger or more CFU’s a product has, the more probiotics it will provide and most likely will be more effective than a product with a lower count.
  • Different bacteria do different things and produce different metabolites.
    • Lactobacillus: promotes digestion and prevents invasion of pathogens.
    • Bacillus subtilis: produces large amounts of digestive enzymes and competitive exclusion of pathogenic bacteria.
    • Bifidobacterium: regulation of microbial homeostasis, produce vitamins, improve gut mucosal barrier.
  • Choose a formula that is research
  • Continually monitor the performance of any product.



  • Neonatal calves
  • Post weaning
  • Shipping
  • Heat Stress
  • Postpartum
  • Metabolic Disorders


Here at Calf Distinction, we have chosen to utilize different strains of probiotics in our supplements dependent upon the desired function! Click on each product below to learn more!


Sync Paste

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Written by: Mariah Gull, M.S.

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