Lasalocid sodium (Bovatec) is a feed additive which has been reported to promote growth and improve feed utilization by cattle. The product appears to function by stimulating a more favorable and efficient microbial fermentation of the feed, thus improving rate and efficiency of production. Other research has also indicated the product to be an effective coccidiostat for cattle.
A previous experiment (CATTLE 80-10) with feedlot steers fed a high-grain ration resulted in 4.3% greater gains with 8.3% less feed (ADG , 3.23 lb. with 7.63 lb. feed per 1b. gain for the control group). In the experiment reported here, lasalocid was tested for its effects on weight gain of grazing steers. The product was fed at two levels and compared to a nonmedicated control and to monensin (Rumensin).
Number of Pages
Department of Animal Science, Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Embry, L. B. and Goetz, M. J., "Lasalocid Sodium Supplementation For Grazing Steers" (1981). South Dakota Cattle Feeders Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1981. 2.