The path of Non-Antibiotic Growth Promoters
Understanding basic physiological and biological characteristics of the digestive system nowadays, is a base of modern nutrition of livestock. Gastrointestinal tract proposes the most important task: the nutritional absorption; and therefore its mucosa must be managed to remain undisturbed. Only a healthy intestinal tract can ensure optimal absorption, which is the main gate to the genetical capacity of a growing animal. Focusing on this one essential fact, and delivering right nutritional tools, will make our path to non-antibiotic growth enhancement, easier and smoother.
Prebiotics are defined as non-digestible or partially digestible food ingredients that beneficially stimulate the growth or activity of the beneficial flora. Food ingredients to be classified as prebiotic must have characteristics such as neither to be hydrolyzed nor absorbed in the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract. A good example would be, MOS (Mannanoligosaccharides) which is derived from the Saccharomyces cerevisiae cell wall. Literature shows that bacteria with fimbriae of mannose affinity, such as Escherichia coli or Salmonella spp., will readily attach MOS, and this will avoid them to attach the intestinal mucosa, preventing them to colonize and multiply. This will lead to an increased villi length, and healthy mucosa, with a better resorption surface; and more goblet cells along the gastrointestinal channel.
Together with the ß-glucan fraction of the yeast extracts, this rolling activity will lead to improved local immunity and better utilization of all nutrients. Using prebiotics as an alternatives growth promoter is an idea with justified nutritional benefit.
Probiotics are considered as functional spores of microorganism that are native to the animal gut, which are beneficial for host when administered continuously but especially at the very beginning of the lifespan. They allow the normal intestinal microbial population to build up a balance and help to cope against transient pathogens by preventing them to attach and colonize. This results in a better cellular activity and communication to generate better immunity and as well nutrient absorption capacity. Many studies have shown the beneficial influence on commercial animals by enhancing weight gain, improving feed conversion efficiency, increasing egg/milk/meat production, lowering the incidence of diseases as well as decreasing mortality rates.
Probiotics below, are the most common and known:
Subtilis and Bacillus licheniformis from Bacillus Genus
Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus from Lactobacillus Genus
Enterococcus faecium from Enterococcus Genus
Bacillus spp exist since 250 million years ago and also could be found in the normal intestinal flora of poultry. They germinate in the gastrointestinal tract and also may enhance digestibility and absorption of nutrients in addition to overall immune function of the gut. Lactobacillus spp. And Bacillus spp. Are dominant in competitive exclusion activity of pathogens. Lactobacillus spp. are lactic acid producing bacteria that lowers the intestinal lumen pH, creating an unfavorable environment for potentially pathogenic bacteria and at the same time, it positively affects the equilibrium of the rest of gastrointestinal microbiota, creating a safety barrier that enhances many parameters in one action. Likewise, Enterococcus faecium contributes to immune fraction development and increasing the benefits of the safety barrier.
Probiotics and prebiotics are individually effective when used alone, but the real success and the benefits are much more established when they are used together, and as well when the stomach acidification is joined with this partnership.
Bacflora F is a triple effect, heat resistant synbiotic product enriched with organic acids. Bacflora F contains bacterial spores which are helping to the establishment and maintenance of the native beneficial flora. Mixture of Organic and inorganic acids reduce the pH, improve digesta quality that is passed to the intestines and help to improve performance parameters. They also possess antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial activities by creating a low pH environment. The major part of Bacflora F is a high-quality yeast extract from Saccaromyces cerevisiae that helps the probiotic bacteria and as well as the existing beneficial flora.
Bacflora F supports:
Quick beneficial gut microflora establishment, or speed up the recovery of the gut microflora after treatments, diseases or stress.
Feed conversion (FCR) and weight gain
Decreasing transient pathogens, and lowering the incidence of shedding these pathogens to the environment.
Increases the resistance of the animals in general.