Gut health in animal production is a synonym for their health and is completely related to animals’ performance and your profitability. Gut health is essential for functions like the digestion and absorption of nutrients, metabolism and generation of energy, barrier function against pathogens, toxins and other harmful substances and the mucosal immune response. To enable the gut to fulfil all these tasks, the mucosa must be protected, the gut flora must be equilibrated and the amounts of pathogens should be kept as low as possible.
Our Gut Health Program provides the necessary support for a healthy gut through additives, supplements and toxin adsorbents, playing a vital role in the overall strategy. For example, strengthening of local immunity in the gastrointestinal tract is an interesting alternative for helping new-born animals to overcome the first challenging days of life. Besides this, secondary plant compounds stimulate the appetite and digestion, having a great influence in the performance parameters and are suitable for the use in different monogastric species. Our objective is your profitability and in the same time to promote the animal’s welfare.
Yearly 700.000 deaths are attributed to antimicrobial resistant infections worldwide but doubtless the real number is much higher due to unreported cases. Without policies to stop the worrying spread of AMR, the number of deaths is projected at 10 million in 2050. Excessive antibiotic application in animal production is the main cause of antibiotic resistance. In Europe, the use of antibiotic growth promoters was banned in 2006, but in other parts of the world, it is still frequent practice.
Gut health is one key to the reduction of antibiotics as a high percentage of them are used to fight foodborne diseases. Supporting the young animals’ immunity, decreasing environmental pathogenic pressure and an efficient gut health management should be standard in animal production.
Our Antibiotic Reduction Program is composed of products that positively influence performance parameters in livestock by promoting health and welfare. The improvement of food safety by the reduction of antibiotic substances is a welcome side-effect.
Mycotoxins are toxic metabolites produced by aerobic moulds, present in grains from field to storage, plant by-products and preserved forages. The ones causing most concern due to their toxicity and level of occurrence are aflatoxins, fumonisins, zearalenone, T2 and deoxynivalenol. In animal feeds, mycotoxins are typically present in combinations, which can cause a synergistic effect with regards to their toxicity. The effects range from reduced feed intake, immunosuppression and reduced fertility to liver damage and death. Residues of some mycotoxins constitute a threat to humans as they can also be found in milk and meat.
Our Toxin Risk Management Program consists of the tool MasterRisk to check the existent level of contamination and to generate an adequate toxin management specific to the customer. Besides the tool, the Mastersorb® products can protect the animals from the effects of myco and bacterial toxins. They improve animal health and welfare and maintain high performance when faced with challenging toxin levels.
Young ruminants and pigs are born without sufficient immune protection, as an antibody transfer in the womb is not possible due to the structure of the maternal placenta. Therefore, the immediate use of high quality colostrum after birth is of vital importance.
Different studies have shown that the immunity of new-born animals is decreasing. In modern animal often the amount of colostrum (high litter sizes), its content of immunoglobulins (high yielding dairy cows) or their specificity (bought-in sows / cows without adaptation) is insufficient. Even if everything runs perfectly, the young animal naturally suffers from two immunity gaps. The first one occurs shortly after birth before the first intake of colostrum. The second one, after 4-6 weeks when the maternal protection from the colostrum decreases and their own immune system not yet is built up adequately. Hence, it is necessary to support young animals especially during these critical phases of life.
Our Young Animal Nutrition Program is developed exactly with the objective to support the immature immune system of animals during these two critical phases mentioned. The high variation of products – powder products for the addition to the diet or the milk replacer or liquid products for an individual application via doser or a syringe – brings flexibility and helps to achieve the full potential of growth performance.
The factors influencing rumen health are the composition of feed and the quality of the raw materials. Great amounts of highly digestible carbohydrates and / or low percentage of fibre lead to an overproduction of fatty acids acidifying the ruminal fluid and impairing bacterial digestion in the rumen.
Heat stress can also lead to acidosis. Due to excessive panting, considerable amounts of CO2 leave the body and therefore buffer capacity decreases. Buffering of the blood has higher importance than buffering of the rumen, hence heat stress can also lead to rumen acidosis.
As rumen health is one of the most important preconditions for performance in milk and meat production, steps must be taken to prevent an impaired balance in ruminal flora. Besides a balanced feed ration with a sufficient amount of fibre, feed additives should be used to support ruminants in times of high energy requirements and therefore imbalanced rations.
Our Rumen Health Program uses natural innovations to favor animal health. Products based on secondary plant compounds modulate ruminal fermentation and increase the synthesis of microbial protein. The utilization of the energy contained in the feed is improved. With an additional use of encapsulated and therefore slow-release feed grade urea it is possible to replace a higher percentage of protein rich feed. This permits the inclusion of a higher percentage of crude fiber to the diet to promote rumen health and to get independent of price fluctuations on the protein market.