Catalyst R and D help prove product boosts milk production by 12 per cent

Catalyst® R&D has played a leading role in helping to demonstrate that a probiotic calf feed product increases milk production by 12 per cent. The product, Queen of Calves, is manufactured by farming products company Bell-Booth Limited who worked with a Massey University research team, to test the product over a five year period.

Due to their expertise in the field and background in research for agribusinesses, Catalyst® R&D was asked to facilitate the research project and manage the relationship between both parties. Catalyst® consultant, Wymond Symes, said the company worked to bridge the gap between the commercial world and the requirements of carrying out a controlled research project. This involved managing accounts, reviewing reports according to briefs, and developing projects and corresponding budgets. “Our job was to create well managed, cost effective research.”

Mr Symes said managing both the relationship between Bell-Booth Limited and Massey University, and facilitating the research process, was instrumental in the project achieving its results.

“Queen of Calves is one of the only products of its type in New Zealand to have undergone extended research to prove its production outputs – and Catalyst R&D played an integral part in that.”

He said “we’re thrilled to see not only that the research proves production outputs, but that the results are being recognised internationally.”

Dr Jean Margerison, a specialist in dairy nutrition and lactation physiology who led the Massey University research team, was invited to New Orleans to present the results from the research to the American Dairy Science Association.

Dr Margerison has been performing laboratory and farm research on Queen of Calves for over 5 years. The results obtained by her and her team during this time have allowed them to paint a pretty good picture of how the product works and the benefits it provides. It highlights the value of thorough, well planned research in characterizing a product and quantifying its attributes.

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