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Ruminant Nutrition: The Symbiotic Relationship Between the Cow and Her Microbes

February 3 | 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm EST

DESCRIPTION: Cattle (among other select herbivores) contain a four – compartment stomach with the largest compartment being the rumen. The rumen is home to billions of microbes that degrade and ferment feed material that are ingested by the cow. The microbial by-products or “wastes” produced during fermentation are highly beneficial to the cow and positively impact cattle production and performance. Rumen microbes are preferential in the feed substrates they consume, thus diet formulation and feed supplementation can shift the rumen microbial profile ultimately impacting the responses observed in cattle. For a more detailed explanation of the symbiotic relationship between the cow and her microbes, please join us for an interactive presentation including opportunities to ask questions.


Lauren Baker is a Graduate Research Assistant getting her master’s in Animal Science from The University of Vermont. Lauren received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Tarleton State University in Texas, where she was an undergraduate researcher evaluating the fiber content of disposable coffee cups as an alternative feed additive in the rations of cattle. Lauren’s current research seeks to evaluate the effects of dietary yeast supplementation on rumen microbiota and their functions.

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February 3
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm EST
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