All West Paste Plus™ With Vitamins
What is Paste Plus?
Paste Plus is a direct-fed microbial product that contains live, natural occurring micro-organisms. These lactic acid producing bacteria reproduce themselves every 18 to 19 minutes once in the intestine. This is important because most other beneficial, as well as harmful bacteria, reproduce themselves every 25 to 60 minutes. Therefore once Paste Plus is given it soon inoculates the entire intestinal wall with good bacteria that attach and reproduce rapidly-effectively crowding out the bad bacteria. The beneficial bacteria in Paste Plus also produce lactic acid which slightly alters the pH in the intestinal tract to levels that prevent many harmful organisms from growing.
What is in Paste Plus?
Paste Plus contains a live lactic acid producing bacteria called Enterococcus faecium M74 and Lactobacillus Acidophilus, and a pure strain of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, a live yeast cell product. Paste Plus also provides a significant amount of vitamins A, D3, B12, Niacin and Thiamine for supplemental nutritional support.
There are a lot of big words in the ingredient list, but the one to keep in mind is the Enterococcus faecium M74 or M74 for short. This registered strain of bacteria was isolated from healthy intestines in Sweden in 1975. M74 is found as a normal habitant in the intestinal tract of most all healthy mammals. It is a durable bacteria with excellent reproducing characteristic and short colonization time. Long story short-M74 bacteria is tough; it can tolerate mechanical maltreatment; it is extremely viable (alive and well) after freeze drying; it has a long shelf life; it is still good for years in the freeze dried form; it reaches the gut in freeze dried form so it is extremely active and begins reproducing itself immediately. M74 also produces lactic acid which lowers the pH level to a point that inhibits the growth of E. coli and most other pathogenic bacteria. M74 also produces hydrogen peroxide in the gut which is toxic to pathogenic bacteria and inhibits their growth.
How many “Good Bugs” are in Paste Plus?
If you are comparing labels with other competing microbials you are indeed reading right. Paste Plus does indeed have 5 billion CFU’s per dose and that is often 10 to 100 times more than competing products and in most instances Paste Plus is half the cost.
When should I use Paste Plus?
Paste Plus can and should be used on cows after calving, at weaning time, before and after transporting, after deworming or antibiotic therapy. Basically, it can be used to offset the stress of any digestive disturbance and is commonly used at feedlots to treat incoming animals to get them quickly on feed with minimal stress. And of course Paste Plus is proven effective on newborn calves. By treating newborn calves (day one), we get the beneficial bacteria established before the negative bacteria can get started.