May 17, 2013
The European Commission has given authorisation to Lallemand Animal Nutrition for its lactic acid bacteria Pediococcus acidilactici MA 18/5M to be use in drinking water for weaned piglets, pigs for fattening, laying hens and chickens for fattening.
The water soluble formulation of this key probiotic is now available under the trade name Bactocell Drink. This innovative formulation is the result of research and development in probiotic formulation aimed at addressing specific situations in addition to the probiotic's incorporation in feed. It offers generally flexibility and rapidity in farmers and technicians intervention, thus allowing extending the use of this safe and effective zootechnical feed additive.
It can be incorporated directly into water lines at farm level at the precise dosage and required time of intervention such as during certain changes, for example after vaccination et cetera. A recent trial conducted in Egypt after a pathogen challenge episode in laying hens indicates that Bactocell Drink could help reinforce animals' natural defences.
In the case of very young animals, for which solid feed intake can be very low and irregular, its addition in the water ensures that they receive an adequate dose of probiotic from the very first days to support the stabilisation of their gut microflora.
Finally, its use in drinking water can also help overcome some technological issues of probiotic incorporation into pelleted feed (broiler feed for example).
Bactocell is also already authorised for use in complete feed for weaned piglets, pigs for fattening, chickens for fattening, laying hens, shrimps and fish. It is a homo-fermentative bacteria. These types of bacteria convert complex nutrients into lactic acid L+, which aids better digestion.