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Southern States Rabbit Feed


Southern States Rabbit Feed contains a unique combination of ingredients including the biotechnology of Probiotics which provides live yeast culture and natural lactic acid-producing bacteria to the rabbit's digestive tract.

Why are Probiotics important?

These additives help maintain an optimum low pH to inhibit growth of undesirable bacteria and help reduce incidence of enteritis.

Oregon State University Rabbit Research Unit conducted trials to find out what effect Probiotics had in decreasing mortality in weaning rabbits due to enteritis and its effect on feed efficiency. The trial consisted of 24 rabbits in the control group and 24 rabbits in the Probiotic group. They found that the rabbits fed a high alfalfa diet and Probiotic in drinking water had a 0% mortality rate and were fed just 3.45 lbs. of feed per pound of weight gained. Rabbits in the control group were fed the same high alfalfa diet and plain water. The control group rabbits had a 17% mortality rate due to enteritis and were fed 3.9 lbs. of feed per pound of weight gained.

Effects of Probiotic in drinking water on
performance of weaning rabbits fed a high alfalfa diet
Treatment
#
Avg. Daily Gain
Feed to Gain Ratio
Enteritis Mortality
Control
24
39.7
3.90
4 (17%)
Probiotic
24
38.7
3.45
0 (0%)

Ammonia Control

Southern States Rabbit Feeds also contain a unique product for ammonia control. It is an all-natural product containing selected glycocomponents from the Yucca schiligera plant. It is used as an addition to Southern States rabbit feeds to bind ammonia and other noxious gases released from animal waste.


It is clear that ammonia is a major problem in causing high mortality in rabbits. With this in mind, our research has shown that when this extract is added to the rabbit feed, ammonia levels are decreased, thus improving the environment for the rabbits. Research from France shows that when there is an increase or overload in the nitrogen content of the rabbit feed, there is a subsequent increase in the ammonia level within the cecum. The addition of the yucca extract reduced the level of ammonia and kept the pH of the cecum low. The benefit of keeping ammonia levels low is a reduction of mortality of young rabbits.


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