Gut Health Management
Aquaculture production faces the challenge of having to achieve higher levels of productivity while delivering high-quality products that meet world demands. The transformation of feed into biomass gain is a process that starts in the digestive system of the animal. As such, the health status of the animal and its digestive functionality correlate directly with farm profits. The aquatic environment is rich in microorganisms, with both hosts and microorganisms sharing the same ecosystem.
Surrounding bacteria are continuously ingested either with the feed or when the host is drinking, causing a natural interaction between the microbiota of the ambient environment and the gut environment. If the bacterial challenge exceeds a certain level, the health of the animal is in danger, as the animal alone cannot defend itself sufficiently.
The optimum growth performance in livestock production is constantly endangered by bacteria, which cause high energy losses and negatively impact the growth of the animal. With antibiotic growth promoters banned due to their hazardous effects on human health and the environment, acidifiers offer a safe, ecologically friendly and sustainable alternative for achieving high levels of aquaculture productivity.
Biotronic® acidifier products target both feed and the gastrointestinal tract. Organic acids tend to dissociate and release protons, reducing the pH value of the environment and buffer capacity. Reducing the pH value of feed discourages the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria.
In addition, low pH animal feed complements a lower gastric pH, activating pepsin and pancreatic enzymes, and supporting the chelation of minerals. The bactericidal effect of undissociated organic acids is strengthened as the penetration of the bacterial cell wall disrupts the metabolism of Gram negative bacteria.
There is today a greater understanding of the importance of intestinal microbiota in fish compared with a decade or more ago. Floral health is a new concept, which underlines the importance of the microbiota to the intestinal health and performance of aquatic species.
As a result, there is increasing evidence that the complex microbial ecology of the intestinal tract provides both nutritional benefits and protection against pathogens, and this is vital in modulating interactions with the environment and the development of beneficial immune responses. The AquaStar® product line can also support the gut health of fish and shrimp, thereby improving gut health and consequently performance and efficiency in production.
The Biotronic® product line is a combination of selected blends of organic and inorganic acids and their salts, working to improve feed and water hygiene, through the reduction of pH and buffer capacity, and the control of gram negative bacteria such as Salmonella sp. and E. coli. Biotronic® is suitable for use in poultry, pig, calf and fish feed.