Intestinal development with glycerides of butyric acid

Short-chain fatty acids improve intestinal health and FCR. Butyric acid focuses on intestinal development and gut health. The short-chain fatty acid is an energy source, but more importantly it has antibacterial properties and is therefore applied to young animals.

In order to achieve efficacy in the entire intestinal tract of the animal, binding butyric acid to glycerol proves to be a good solution. Feeding trials with sow and weaned piglets have shown that butyric acid-based feed additives lead to increased piglet weight and improved feed conversion ratio (FCR).

Adding tributyrin to the sows’ diets just before farrowing and until the end of lactation showed to increase average daily growth of the suckling piglets, resulting in higher weaned piglet weight. It is assumed that improved gut function and increased nutrient absorption resulted in an increased milk production. Furthermore, glycerides of butyric acid have shown to improve also average daily weight gain of weaned piglets. Moreover, FCR of weaned piglets was strongly improved.

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