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-negative pathogenic bacteria
like E.coli and Salmonella, or by gram-positive pathogenic bacteria like Streptococci and Staphylococci. Also viral infections can cause a variety of diseases weakening the animal. 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 bacteria and viruses may lead to decreased growth and reproduction performance, high mortality rates and lower profitability. Moreover, especially in young animals, stress factors may lead to an underdeveloped intestinal tract, resulting in decreased immunity and digestion.

The solution

FRAmelco have developed FRA® LBB: a specific formula containing short chain and medium chain 1-monoglycerides, di- and triglycerides of butyrate, 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 short and medium chain 1-monoglycerides possess antibacterial, antiviral, and animal performance improving properties. FRA® LBB contains 1-monoglycerides of short chain fatty acids to inhibit gram-negative pathogenic bacteria and 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.

» Di- and triglycerides of butyrate

The effect of butyric acid on gut development is intensively studied. Butyric acid serves as energy source for the epithelium cells and stimulates villi growth and length of the small intestines, resulting in more efficient uptake of nutrients. Di- and triglycerides of butyrate are non-smelling and guarantee an effective target release of butyric acid in the gut.

» 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