Organic acids can support antibiotic reduction strategies with a consistent anti-bacterial effect

The animal production industry keeps searching for strategies to reduce antibiotics while maintaining profitability. Even though the experts already made clear there is not a single solution to the dilemma, the forecast is promising for the industry. An integrated approach seems to be a sound base to face the challenge. …

Selko® IntelliBond® Trace Minerals

Selko® IntelliBond® Trace Minerals (TM) are a relatively new family of trace minerals, known as hydroxy trace minerals. IntelliBond® C (copper hydroxychloride; formerly known as tribasic copper chloride; TBCC) was developed in the early 90s by the US based company Micronutrients. IntelliBond® Z (zinc hydroxychloride) and IntelliBond® M (manganese hydroxychloride) …

Using more bio-available sources of trace minerals pays off

A study of broiler breeder performance was conducted using three separate mineral programmes. The objective was to determine if productivity could be maintained at lower inclusion levels, simultaneously benefiting the bird and the environment. The results show an improvement in egg production and a decrease in mortality. Higher bio-availability, lower …

A meta-analysis confirms that a feed additive significantly improves piglets growth performance

A meta-analysis based on nine controlled studies confirmed that a feed additive can significantly improve the technical performance of weaned piglets. The results showed increases in body weight and average daily gain, as well as improvements in feed efficiency. Science based companies make great efforts in research and development. They …

Hydroxy trace minerals show heavier carcass weights compared to sulphate-fed broilers

A study performed in Spain found that birds yielded larger live and carcass weights and a higher percentage of breast meat when fed hydroxy trace minerals as compared to broilers fed inorganic trace minerals. Hydroxy trace minerals can improve the bird’s value Over the past 20 years, numerous studies conducted …

Increasing the feed intake of nursery pigs with hydroxy trace minerals

A study performed in the Netherlands shows that hydroxy trace minerals can improve palatability of piglet diets over sulphate mineral sources. The results show increased chances of maximal feed intake and minimised adverse palatability effects such as post-weaning growth reduction.   Figure 1: Feed intake of piglets fed a free …

A new approach to improving feed conversion

Production performance can be significantly increased by feeding more bio-available trace minerals to animals. This has been confirmed by numerous poultry and swine studies on hydroxy trace minerals. Due to their unique crystalline structure and strong covalent bonds, hydroxy trace minerals improve the bio-availability of copper and zinc, which are …

An improved manufacturing method for handling, precision and uniformity in feed additives

OptiSize™ technology creates uniform, low-dust trace mineral particles that are non-reactive, non-hygroscopic and which blend and mix more evenly into feed, meaning more nutritients make their way into the animal. Some feed additive particles can create just as many problems as they try to solve. Binding with other nutritients, blending …