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Cranberries may act against E.coli

Researchers in the US have identified that compounds found in cranberries may have an action against E.coli. The research is now ongoing to identify how consumption of cranberry juice or cranberry products could be helpful for individuals. For more information follow the link.

Would it be possible to use the natural cranberry product as a feed additive for cattle fed distillers grain? See previous post. Maybe someone will undertake further research to see if it is necessary and if so, if it works?

Biofuel bi-product may not be so good for cattle or is it?

Research from Kansas State University has suggested that feedlot cattle that have been fed distiller's grain have an increased incidence of E. coli O157:H7 in their hindgut. Distiller's grain is a by-product of the ethanol production process.

University of Nebraska- Lincoln researchers have also undertaken similar research and found no increase in prevalence of E.coli 0157:H7 in cattle fed distillers grain.

This is obviously work in progress and more research needs to be undertaken but it has proved an interesting debate on the web this week, especially as a number of the ethanol plants have been built close to feedlots in order to provide a "mutually beneficial"model of production.

Follow the link for further information.

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