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Alltech announces Miss Yea-Sacc?1026

?Lexington, KY] - Global animal health company, Alltech, announces the second annual Miss Yea-Sacc?1026 competition. This year's winner will be revealed at the World Dairy Expo on October 4th in Madison, Wisconsin. Miss Yea-Sacc 2005 will receive a $1,000 cash award, the coveted Miss Yea-Sacc blanket and a bag of Yea-Sacc Farm Pak 2X. The contest will judge dairy cows on production criteria such as "Current 305-day Mature Equivalent Milk Pounds" and "Lifetime Milk". The competition is limited to those cows entered in the World Dairy Expo that have been fed Yea-Sacc for at least one year.

Alltech's feed supplement, Yea-Sacc contains the live yeast strain S. cerevisiae 1026. Research shows Yea-Sacc can have a beneficial effect on dairy cows by creating a better working environment for fiber-digesting bacteria. As explained by David Wilde, Alltech's Ruminant Technical Manager, Yea-Sacc stabilizes pH, helping reduce the acidity of the rumen by stimulating the growth of the lactic acid-consuming bacteria.

"Stabilizing the pH not only creates a more stable environment in which cellulolytic bacteria can multiply," explained David Wilde, "but they also appear to speed up their ability to digest fiber in the rumen, allowing greater dry matter intakes. To gain the maximum benefit, yeast cultures also must consist of live cells. Since they are working in a largely anaerobic environment, yeasts have a limited lifespan so they have to be replaced on a daily basis through the diet to maintain any improvement in rumen function."

2005 marks Alltech's 25th year in the food and feed business. In the span of those 25 years Alltech's presence has grown into a multinational company with offices and distributors in 85 countries and more than 1,500 employees around the world. Alltech also values local production which has lead to the development of 14 production facilities around the world, with two more scheduled to be up and running in 2005.

For more information on entering the Miss Yea-Sacc contest please call (859) 887-3255.