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Temperate Starch for Profitable Ruminant Industry: A Postmodern Compulsion

Akbar Nikkhah*

Department of Animal Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Zanjan, National Elite Foundation, Iran

*Corresponding Author:
Akbar Nikkhah
Chief Highly Distinguished Professor
Department of Animal Sciences
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences University of Zanjan
Foremost Principal Highly Distinguished
Elite-Generating Scientist
National Elite Foundation, Iran
Tel: 0098-2412801
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: July 20, 2015; Accepted date: July 12, 2015; Published date: July 22, 2015

Citation:Nikkhah A (2015) Temperate Starch for Profitable Ruminant Industry: A Postmodern Compulsion. J Veterinar Sci Technol 6: e117. doi: 10.4172/2157-7579.1000e117

Copyright: © 2015 Nikkhah A. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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This article addresses a global compulsion on moderated starch nutrition to help optimize rumen fermentation, splanchnic metabolism, peripheral nutrient efficiency, animal health and economics, and environmental sustainability. The mistaken trends in increasing starch inclusion from cereals in modern ruminant diets are to be ceased. The sustainability of the postmodern ruminant industry lies in moderated optimized starch utilization.


Starch; Nutrition; Ruminant; Industry

Innovation and Discussion

The modern ruminant industry has played crucial roles in supplying safe and secure food for human [1,2]. However, the increasing demands for animal proteins have in many regions unwisely led policy-makers, managers and producers to increase milk and beef production mainly via blind increases in starch nutrition. Such an inane policy has kept the global ruminant industry from realizing its optimal health and economic perspectives. The rising losses due to reduced longevity, elevated costs of treatment and animal removal, and unstable feed, milk and meat markets have seriously challenged the world ruminant industry. Complex health issues including devastating metabolic diseases of especially subacute rumen acidosis and related immune deficiencies, as a result, frequently occur. Moreover, inter-diet and inter-phase adaptations have become more challenging in the face of such ill-advised feeding of starch to highproducing ruminants. A significant globally enforced action has recently been widely disseminated to seriously alter the situation via a variety of pragmatic starch feeding programs [3-10].

The critical periparturient period in dairy production and the challenging feedlot adaptations to heavy diets in beef production are among remarkable examples. Getting too far from natural ruminant grazing and feeding behaviours during over modernization has made managing such periods extremely difficult [5,10]. It is by no way wise to first overly modernize an inherently natural industry and then inanely search for strategies to manage the already distressed rumen and ruminant physiology. The trend is entirely nonsense. To be capable to effectively manage rumen and ruminant transition through such demanding phases of production, raising systems (e.g., housing, feeding, milking, treating) must be close enough to ruminants’ natural behaviour and evolutionary metabolism [11-13]. This is the key for successful production that necessitates moderated starch nutrition to avoid back-breaking production peaks and uncontrolled tissue mobilization, but to move towards improved health, longevity and efficiency. Wisdom must be exercised in improving long-term production and health simultaneously through relatively moderating starch provision. Formulating dairy diets with > 35-40% cereals of especially barley and extensively-processed corn just facilitates facing an irrecoverable tragedy. This suggests that even feedlot diets conventionally containing up to 90-95% grain should also be revisited from a long-term postmodern perspective. Many aspects remain unexplored needing research, but the obvious is a global must for moderated feeding of starch to end the striking man-made increasing trends of animal health problems that adversely affect food safety and security [14].


The increasing adverse trends of health issues in modern ruminant enterprises have resulted in great part from unwise quantitative and qualitative choices of starches in commercial diets. A global obligation must be set to cease the blunder and to moderate starch feeding in super high-merit ruminants.


Thanks to the Ministry of Science Research and Technology and National Elite Foundation for supporting the author’s global programs of optimizing science edification in the third millennium.


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