Scottish Farmer Feature – Davidsons Launch the Unique Titan Range

June 30, 2020

The main event of the farming calendar, the Royal Highland Show will be sadly missed by all this year, however, Davidsons Animal Feeds, still have some exciting news on offer-launching their latest innovation – high performance feeds containing Levucell SC rumen specific live yeast featuring TITAN technology.

Using Levucell SC live yeast, will bring many benefits to both beef and dairy herds.

The product is a development of Lallemand who are a primary producer of microbial solutions. Lallemand exercise close control of all stages of their production processes and deliver quality products to enhance the Davidsons range.

Forging links with other family run businesses has always been the goal of Davidsons Animal Feeds, and with the third generation of the Chagnon family now heading the company, Lallemand were the perfect match!

Levucell SC will now be the preferred live yeast strain for all of Davidsons yeast containing ranges.

As well as optimising fermentation, production and drying processes, Lallemand uses a patented coating technology: TITAN to micro-encapsulate this live yeast. TITAN is a unique protective coating designed to allow the addition of Levucell SC to pelleted feeds. Other forms of live yeast that don’t have this protection can be destroyed or badly damaged during the manufacturing process.

Live micro-organisms are not always naturally resistant to the feed manufacturing process and associated constraints. For a probiotic, the objective is to remain “dormant but alive” from the manufacturing site to the host’s digestive tract. Many parameters can interfere along the way to reduce the viability of the yeast cells. As a result, protection is necessary to ensure their stability through the pelleting process.

TITAN technology allows Levucell SC live yeast to remain stable in the feed throughout the storage period. Among the live yeast sources commercially available, many are described as “thermo-resistant” by their manufacturer — but only Levucell SC has the unique TITAN coating.

There are many proven benefits for both beef and dairy herds, from using the live yeast strain Levucell SC:

Dairy herds:

  • Improving milk yield and efficiency
  • Preventing body condition loss
  • Increasing ruminating activity
  • Stabilising manure consistency

Beef herds:

  • Ensuring rumen development
  • Increasing growth rate
  • Improving carcass classification

The message from these benefits is that the uniqueness of the product combined with production expertise ensure enhanced feed efficiency. Studies have been undertaken to evaluate these benefits in herds across Scotland.

Firstly, recently on a commercial farm, the results were impressive, gaining weight across the board as well as fewer days on farm for the animals. Steers fed with a high starch diet and supplemented with Levucell SC resulted in:

  • Increased average daily gain (+116g/day)
  • Reduced slaughter age (-9 days)
  • Increases carcase weight (+13kg)
  • Improved growth rate (+7.7%)

Whilst on a dairy farm in southern Scotland, the results of comparing Levucell SC with other yeast products, proved worthwhile as a more efficient way of farming by improving digestion of forage and increasing both milk yield and butterfat while reducing

SCC. With margins becoming even tighter for everyone, adding Levucell SC TITAN to your feed will clearly deliver a positive return on investment:

  • Increased average yield (+1.18kg)
  • Increased butterfat (+0.11)
  • Reduced SCC (-21.90)

By continuously improving their product range Davidsons Animal Feeds aim to deliver feeds that will maximise your herd’s efficiency.

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