KSU research leads to patent for feed supplement for cattle

Jim Drouillard, professor of animal sciences and industry at Kansas State University, has come up with a way to help livestock producers stimulate growth of cattle and horses.

A patent has been granted for a feed supplement developed by Drouillard, according to a news release from K-State.

The supplement “stimulates the growth, health and reproductive functions of cattle, bulls and other livestock,” according to the release. It’s comprised of “molasses, oilseeds and oilseed extracts that when heated and evaporated, formed a substance that improves absorption of specific omega-3 fatty acids,” the release said.

“It’s put in the pasture and the animals consume it whenever they want,” Drouillard said in a statement. “The product’s physical characteristics restrict the animals to consuming less than a pound each day, making it a convenient and cost effective way to deliver essential nutrients.”

The substance contains fats that elevate levels of specific omega-3 fatty acids in the bloodstream. The increases in omega-3 fatty acids can stimulate growth, improve immunity, according to the release.

New Generation Feeds, a South Dakota-based company, has retained exclusive rights to the patented technology for use in its SmartLic brand of livestock supplements.