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What Is Cobiotex?
Cobiotex is a probiotic bedding improver consisting of 7 friendly bacterial strains registered with CNCM Pasteur in France. One of these strains is Europe’s only registered microbiological biocide, working specifically against pathogenic bacteria in environmental settings. It is unique in that it not only improves cow health and welfare; it also reduces straw/bedding usage and improves the agronomic value on manures and slurry. Already in use on over 180,000 cows in France, Cobiotex allows the bacterial balance in livestock housing to be effectively managed. It does so by creating a positive microbiological environment on livestock bedding surfaces and in the air; this helps stimulate the animal’s immune system.
Benefits of Cobiotex
Drier Bedding – Straw saving up to 20%
Reduces environmental mastitis cases
Improves foot health
Cost effective against traditional methods
Enhances nutritional value of manures/slurry
Continues to work after removal
Works alongside all other natural good bacteria (SlurryBugs)
Multi-species microbe formulation
Reduction in antibiotic use
Works with the natural flora and fauna
Is the only registered microbiological biocide in Europe
Easy and quick to apply
A Proven New Concept In Dairy Cow Housing Hygiene
We want cows to spend more time lying down than anything else. So one place to look for valuable gains is by making the place they lie as comfy and hygienic as possible.
Cobiotex is a microbiological inoculant carried in a hyper-absorbent powder to be used once-a-week as a cubicle surface dressing. It dehydrates the area underneath the udder and populates it with probiotic bacteria that outcompete pathogens for nutrients and living space. This reduction in pathogens reduces the strain on the livestock’s immune system, freeing up vital immune energy to fight any remaining pathogens. The multi-species microbe formulation includes the only registered microbiological biocide in Europe.
A dairy farm in the North West saw a 10% reduction in somatic cell counts from 100 to 90k cells/ml, following introduction of a new cubicle bed dressing. On Paul Cashmore’s Staffordshire Council farm, a 70% reduction in lameness cases requiring treatment, from 10 to three, arose the same way. These trials involved a pre-treatment observation phase, then three-month treatment period towards the end of 2019/20 winter housing. Click Read More below to see the full results from this trial.
The Action Of Cobiotex Explained As Fans In A Football Statidum
Q: How is the surface of a cubicle bed similar to a football stadium?
A: Each of them can be occupied by Blues and Reds at the same time, but in different combinations.
With apologies to supporters of all teams that play in this colour, the red areas in this stadium represent bad bugs (pathogens), including entero-and coliform bacteria (eg, Salmonella, E coli), mastitis bugs and infectious causes of lameness.
Rather than chemicals like lime or organic acid powders and crystals, there is now a biological way to reduce the pathogen load on cubicle beds, in addition of course to keeping beds clean and dry. Metaphorically, this enables you to crowd the stadium with Blue bugs and deprive the Reds of space, nutrients and moisture.
This multi-strain culture of probiotic bacteria is carried in a hyper-absorbent powder and includes the only registered microbiological biocide* in Europe.
Impressive Results from On-Farm Studies
This crowding-out effect was demonstrated by a study during the 2019/20 winter on a dairy farm in Staffordshire. The graphic shows a dramatic 15-fold (ie, 1,500%) increase in good bugs present among the cubicle litter. The only change to the bedding routine was a once-a-week, 200g/cubicle dusting of Cobiotex over the rear half of the beds.
Comparing a control (ie, no treatment) period in this 80- cow herd with the following three months of Cobiotex use, there was a 70% reduction in lameness cases needing treatment from 10 to three.
At least in part, this may be explained by a corresponding 90% reduction in the level of bugs classified as Anaerobic Sulphite Reductive organisms. These have been found to be a useful indicator for Treponema, the bugs responsible for Digital Dermatitis, which are not pratical to measure directly on-farm.
While Cobiotex cannot fully prevent Digital Dermatitis, it can reduce the presence of DD-causing bugs and the resulting risk of infection. Another dramatic result in this trial is the near total elimination of Enterobacteria, a group that includes Salmonella and E coli.
Similarly, a Lancashire farm also saw the annihilation of non-coliform Enterobacteria, and an 80% reduction in coliforms.
Just as dramatic on levels of good bacteria was the sixfold (ie, 600%) increase in lactic bugs and 25%-plus increase in friendly spore-formers. This crowding out by probiotic Blues of their (and your) foes, the pathogenic Reds, creates an arena in which the probability of bacterial infections is reduced markedly. Clearly, this represents a significant improvement in cubicle hygiene and can be expected to impact mastitis levels or foot infections, for example.
Elsewhere on the farm, this can apply equally in calving pens and calf housing.
Instructions For Use
Cobiotex 410 Absorbant is for use on clean and damp bedding (mats/mattresses,loose-housed and deep beds). Do not use in conjunction with lime or other disinfectants.
• For cubicles/ loose-housing, apply 200g/cow/week to the back third of the cubicle (under the udder)
• For calves and young stock, apply 100g/cow/week
• For straw-beds, initially apply 800g/cow on the floor and 800g/cow on top of the bedding, then top-dress 400g/cow/week
Goats & Sheep
• For adults in lactation, initially apply 40g/animal on the floor and 40g/animal on bedding, then top-dress 40g/animal/week
• For pregnant adults, initially apply 50g/animal on the floor and 50g/animal on bedding, then top-dress 50g/animal/week
• For kids/ lambs, initially apply 25g/animal on the floor and 25g/animal on bedding, then top-dress 25g/animal/week
• For adults, initially apply 50g/m²on the floor and 50g/m²on bedding, then apply 50g/m²/week (based on one horse/stable)
• For foals, initially apply 25g/m² on the floor and 25g/m²on bedding, then apply 25g/m²(based on one foal/stable)
Cobiotex is suitable for organic farming in accordance with regulation (EC) N° 834/2007
Lameness Cases Down 70%,
Daily Milk Rises 2 Litres/Cow/Day
On Paul Cashmore’s Organic Staffordshire farm, Cobiotex reducing lameness cases needing treatment was the highest benefit in his 80- cow organic herd. Over the same number of weeks before and then during Cobiotex treatment, these fell from 10 to three.
Just as notable microbiologically was a big drop in anaerobic sulphite reducing (ASR) bacteria. These are a recognised indicator of organisms called treponemes, responsible for digital dermatitis.
“In addition to reduced lameness, the cubicle building’s atmosphere was noticeably fresher. Probably because of fewer lame cows, we also saw daily average milk sales rise by two litres a cow, which on its own is worth over £1,000 a month extra income.”
Better Cubicle Hygiene &
10% Lower Cell Counts
Two of the UK trial users are YouTube sensation Tom Pemberton and father Andrew in Lancashire; and first-generation farmer Paul Cashmore with 80 cows and followers near Rugeley.
On both farms during the 2019/20 winter housing period, microbiological analysis found big improvements in bug populations on cubicle beds.
At the Pembertons, the most noticeable difference was a reduction in herd average milk somatic cell count from an already excellent 100 to 90 thousand cells/ml. This is a particularly welcome improvement and Pemberton’s Dairy and this is also a critical hygiene measure for all dairy farms.
“Even though our herd cell count was already low, it’s good to see it nudge down another 10%. It’s also reassuring that microbe populations on cubicle beds have changed for the better, with much higher populations of friendly beneficial bacteria.”
Cobiotex is available in 25kg bags available for delivery direct to farm. Cobiotex is verified by Organic Farmers and Growers for use on organic farms and is tested for the highest quality assurance.
To place your order call 01772 860085 and press 1 to speak to our friendly farm support team.
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