Submitted to: American Meat Science Association Conference Reciprocal Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/12/2014
Publication Date: 6/20/2014
Citation: Wells, J., Kim, M.S., Kuehn, L.A., Bono, J.L. 2014. Fecal microbiome in the bovine animal. In: Proceedings of the Americian Meat Science Association. Reciprocal Meat Conference, 6/15-6/18/2014, Madison Wisconsin. http://www.meatscience.org/.
Technical Abstract: Bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract have often been an afterthought in regard to the mammalian host. In recent year for humans, the gastrointestinal microbes appear to be associated with host immune function, health, and well-being. In addition, microbes can competitively exclude other bacteria from a niche, including pathogens. Current research with cattle using next-generation sequencing is determining how diet can alter the fecal bacteria (microbiome), and how specific types or groups of bacteria in feces associate with E. coli O157:H7 shedding and animal performance.