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. Additionally severe problems caused by Clostridium are often observed. Antibiotics and acidifier programs are commonly used, however, not all pathogens can be targeted due to economic and/or practical disadvantages. Infection by Clostridium, E.coli and Salmonella may lead to decreased reproduction and growth performance, high mortality rates and lower profitability.

The solution

Based on a patented technology, FRA have developed FRA® LAC34: a specific formula containing short chain 1-monoglycerides, lactic acid 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 chain 1-monoglycerides possess antibacterial and animal performance improving properties. FRA LAC34 contains 1-monoglycerides of short chain fatty acids to inhibit gram-negative pathogenic bacteria. 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.

Lactic acid

Lactic acid is a natural substance known for its beneficial effects on different enzymatic processes, feed intake, and pathogen inhibiting properties. FRA’s studies have shown that a synergistic effect is reached when 1-monoglycerides are combined with lactic acid, especially when aiming at clostridium reduction.

Micro-ingredients

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

Characteristics

» 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