Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 51, Issue 8, pp 2193–2201 | Cite as

Effect of yeast products supplementation during transition period on metabolic profile and milk production in dairy cows

  • Claudia Faccio-Demarco
  • Tatiele Mumbach
  • Vanessa Oliveira-de-Freitas
  • Raquel Fraga e Silva-Raimondo
  • Fernanda Medeiros-Gonçalves
  • Marcio Nunes-Corrêa
  • Francisco Augusto Burkert-Del Pino
  • Henrique Mendonça-Nunes-Ribeiro Filho
  • Cássio Cassal-BraunerEmail author
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The aim of the current study was to assess the effect that supplementation with yeast culture plus enzymatically hydrolyzed yeast (YC-EHY) during the transition period and lactation had on the performance, somatic cell count (SCC), and metabolic profile of dairy cows. Thirty multiparous Holstein dairy cows were divided into two groups. The treatments were 0 supplementation (control) and supplementation with 28 g/cow/day of YC-EHY. The supplementation began 35 ± 5 days before the expected calving date. The cows were kept in their respective treatments for 50 days after the calving date. Body condition score (BCS), body weight, milk composition, SCC, and milk yield were assessed on a 2-weekly basis. Plasma samples were collected on days − 21st, − 7th, 0, 3rd, 7th, and weekly thereafter until 42 days postpartum and analyzed for albumin, β-hydroxybutyrate (BHBA), urea, and non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA). There was an effect of treatment on milk yield in the supplemented animals in comparison to the control group (27.88 ± 0.98 vs 24.58 ± 0.99 kg/days, P = 0.03). There was no effect of treatment (P > 0.05) on variables like 3.5% fat-corrected milk (FCM) and energy-corrected milk (ECM), milk component (%), milk composition yield (kg/day), and SCC. There was an interaction between group × days on ECM (P = 0.04) and protein (P = 0.008). The supplementation had no effect on the analyzed metabolites and on body weight and BCS. The supplementation with YC-EHY during the transition period and lactation improved milk yield without altering the metabolic profile.


Hydrolyzed yeast Metabolism Milk yield Transition period 



We thank Granjas 4 Irmãos for use of their animals.

Funding information

This study received financial support from Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition (Princeton, NJ), Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) from the Brazilian Ministry of Education.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interests

The authors declare conflict of interest against Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving animals were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institution or practice at which the studies were conducted.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Faccio-Demarco
    • 1
  • Tatiele Mumbach
    • 1
  • Vanessa Oliveira-de-Freitas
    • 1
  • Raquel Fraga e Silva-Raimondo
    • 2
  • Fernanda Medeiros-Gonçalves
    • 1
  • Marcio Nunes-Corrêa
    • 1
  • Francisco Augusto Burkert-Del Pino
    • 1
  • Henrique Mendonça-Nunes-Ribeiro Filho
    • 3
  • Cássio Cassal-Brauner
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Núcleo de Pesquisa, Ensino e Extensão em PecuáriaUniversidade Federal de PelotasPelotasBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Medicina Animal, Faculdade de VeterináriaUniversidade Federal do Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreBrazil
  3. 3.Centro de Ciências AgroveterináriasUniversidade Estadual de Santa CatarinaLagesBrazil

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