Articles | Volume 65, issue 1
Original study
01 Apr 2022
Original study |  | 01 Apr 2022

Long-term administration of a commercial supplement enriched with bioactive compounds does not affect feed intake, health status, and growth performances in beef cattle

Marica Simoni, Arianna Goi, Erika Pellattiero, Alexandros Mavrommatis, Eleni Tsiplakou, Federico Righi, Massimo De Marchi, and Carmen L. Manuelian

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This study evaluated the impact of a feed additive containing Scutellaria baicalensis extract on beef cattle health status and performance. A total of 143 male Charolaise cattle were assigned to a control or supplemented group, and health status and growth performance was monitored over 4 months. Our results revealed that long-term dietary inclusion of S. baicalensis did not impair animals’ health status and performance, indicating no detrimental effect of the feed additive.