The challenge

One of the main issues in swine husbandry is efficient and sustainable animal production. Several factors such as raw material prices and increasing worldwide competition force farmers to optimize their production cycles. Moreover, farmers have to deal with animal welfare regulation, restriction of antibiotic usage and prevalence of infectious diseases. 

When pigs are subject to stress factors such as pig density, weaning, change of feed and change of social groups, they are highly susceptible to infectious
diseases and (metabolic) disorders. These diseases can be caused by gram-positive pathogenic bacteria like Streptococci and Staphylococci, and viral infections. Antibiotics and vaccination programs are commonly used, however, not all bacteria and
viruses can be targeted due to economic and/or practical disadvantages. Infection by Streptococci, Staphylococci and viral infections may lead to decreased reproduction and growth performance, high mortality rates and lower profitability.

The solution

FRAmelco have developed FRA® C12: a specific formula containing medium chain 1-monoglycerides and carefully selected micro-ingredients. Feeding this product to piglets, pigs and sows, reduces health problems and improves animal performance.

» 1-Monoglycerides

Extensive research shows that medium chain 1-monoglycerides possess antibacterial, antiviral, and animal performance improving properties. FRA® C12 contains 1-monoglycerides of medium chain fatty acids to inhibit gram-positive pathogenic bacteria. Additionally, 1-monoglycerides of medium chain fatty acids deactivate fat enveloped viruses. As a result of the unique mode of action, 1-monoglycerides are active in the entire gastrointestinal tract and blood stream. Pathogens do not develop
resistance against 1-monoglycerides. It is suggested by literature that 1-monoglycerides may be used as an alternative for preventive use of antibiotics.

» Micro-ingredients

Adding a small amount of carefully selected micro-ingredients induces a synergistic eect. These micro-ingredients contribute to the animal’s resilience against invading pathogens.


» Available in dry form
» Heat stable up to 160 °C
» Neutral taste and odour
» Non corrosive
» Active in GIT and blood stream
» pH independent
» Available in 25 kg bag, 1000 kg big bag and bulk
» Produced in GMP+ certified facilities

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