Effects of Supplemental Mannanoligosaccharides on Growth Performance, Faecal Characteristics and Health in Dairy Calves

  • Kara, Cagdas (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Uludag) ;
  • Cihan, Huseyin (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Uludag) ;
  • Temizel, Mutlu (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Uludag) ;
  • Catik, Serkan (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Uludag) ;
  • Meral, Yavuz (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Uludag) ;
  • Orman, Abdulkadir (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Uludag) ;
  • Yibar, Artun (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Uludag) ;
  • Gencoglu, Hidir (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Uludag)
  • 투고 : 2015.02.10
  • 심사 : 2015.05.01
  • 발행 : 2015.11.01


Twenty Holstein calves were used to investigate the effects of mannanoligosaccharides (MOS) supplementation in the whole milk on growth performance, faecal score, faecal pH, selected faecal bacterial populations and health during the preweaning period. Healthy calves selected by clinical examination were allocated to one of the two groups (control [CG] and experimental [EG]) at 5 days old. Each group consisted of 5 male and 5 female calves. Each calf in EG was supplemented with 7 g/d of a MOS product (Celmanax) from 5 days to 56 days of age. MOS supplement was mixed with the whole milk once in the morning and administered to the calves in EG via nipple bottle, whereas the calves in CG were fed the whole milk without MOS. Calves were weaned at 56 days of age. The final body weight, average daily weight gain (ADG) and average daily feed intake (ADFI) were statistically similar (p>0.05) but were higher by 3.70%, 6.66%, and 10.97%, respectively, in MOS than in control calves. Feed efficiency (ADG/ADFI) was also similar in two calves group. While faecal scores did not differ on day 5, 7, 14, 21, 28, 42, 49, and 56 between groups, EG had a higher faecal score (p = 0.05) than CG on day 35. Faecal concentration of Lactobacillus was lower (p<0.05) in EG compared with CG. No differences (p>0.05) in faecal concentrations of Bifidobacterium, Clostridium perfringens, and Escherichia coli were found between groups. Although there were no significant differences (p>0.05) in the incidence of diarrhoea, treatment days for diarrhoea and the costs associated with diarrhoea treatments between groups, collectively, the observed reductions in treatment days and the cost of diarrhoea treatments accompanying increases in final body weight, ADG and ADFI for EG may indicate potential benefit of MOS in treatment of diarrhoea.


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