July 8, 2019
Perstorp announces valeric-acid based solution for broilers
Perstorp has recently announced ProPhorce™ Valerins, the Swedish feed additives company's latest innovation in the field of animal nutrition.
ProPhorce consists of glycerol esters of valeric acid. According to Perstorp, a new research trial had demonstrated that strategically timed additions of glycerol esters of valeric acid significantly improve broiler performance even when compared to industry standards such as butyric acid.
The average daily gain (ADG) of Ross 308 male broilers was shown to have improved with 2.9 grams per day on average at 42 days compared to control. This added performance of 4.5% additional growth could translate to EUR100.000 added profit per million birds for an integrator. These and other results were presented by research partner Marta I. Gracia (Imasde Agroalimentaria, SL) at the European Symposium for Poultry Nutrition in Gdansk, Poland, on June 13-15
Valeric acid (C5) is the last of the short chain fatty acids to be explored for its benefits in animal nutrition. It is naturally produced by gut microbiota. Research has shown that valeric acid can help reduce harmful pathogens and maintain gut flora equilibrium, Perstorp said.
Glycerol esters of organic acids have the benefit of getting the acid into the intestinal tract intact. Valeric acid has also been demonstrated to support gut balance. Perstorp was the first company to launch this innovative, new molecule and is the only company researching its effectiveness, according to the company.
José M. Ros, the business development manager for Perstorp Animal Nutrition who is in charge of the trials, said: "It has been decades since a new organic acid was researched for its benefits in animal nutrition. We continue to progress our understanding of this fascinating molecule in leaps and bounds."
Ros added: "Earlier data indicated optimal (effectiveness) of ProPhorce™ Valerins when dosed between day 14 and 28. During this period, enteric dysbiosis often challenged broilers performance. This trial confirms the benefits of timing the addition this way and showed that ProPhorce™ Valerins reinforces butyric acid in the broiler's grower phase. I believe this is because ProPhorce™ Valerins has the benefit of helping to maintain optimal gut balance while supporting the animal through the critical stages of growth."