Dr Damiano CAVALLINI
SARA: exploring individual susceptibility and the microbiota role
Sub Acute Ruminal Acidosis (SARA) is a metabolic disorder prevalent among high-producing dairy cattle on high-grain diets.
While dietary factors play a significant role, our recent research underscores the critical interplay between individual susceptibility and the intricate dynamics of the rumen microbiota.
Through meticulous comparison of susceptible and resistant animals, we’ve unveiled distinct microbial profiles that accentuate the microbiota’s central role in shaping SARA.
These findings intertwine with genetics, host physiology, and metabolism, collectively influencing an animal’s susceptibility. By harnessing the power of genomics, metagenomics, and metabolomics, researchers are striving to engineer precise prevention and management strategies.
Beyond enriching our understanding of this disorder, this pursuit offers the potential for precision-driven livestock management. Targeted interventions aimed at modulating the microbiota hold the promise of elevating animal welfare, health, and productivity. As modern dairy production continues its evolution, the burgeoning insights into the microbiota’s pivotal influence stand poised to revolutionize SARA mitigation, casting a transformative impact on contemporary dairy practices.