September 7, 2015


Cargill's Biacid™ Nucleus additive for poultry available in China and India




Cargill's animal nutrition business has introduced PROMOTE® Biacid™ Nucleus in China for poultry producers seeking better gut health and performance from their chickens.


Part of the PROMOTE range of additives offered through the Provimi brand, Biacid Nucleus is an extension of the Biacid product line, which was designed to promote robust feed efficiency in poultry through improved gut functionality.


Biacid Nucleus is a proprietary mixture of seven carefully selected essential oil compounds proven to be beneficial for poultry gut health. The product continues to be used by producers looking for consistent response and improved performance while reducing or removing antibiotic growth promoters.


More than 11 comprehensive international in vitro and in vivo trials, conducted at Cargill's Animal Nutrition Innovation Center in Velddriel, the Netherlands, and field trials, conducted at three Technology Application Centers (TACs) in Jordan, France and Poland, have demonstrated that including this antibiotic alternative in poultry diets can yield the following: an attractive return on investment (ROI) of 5:1 for poultry producers; improved feed conversion rate (FCR) by 1.5% on overall period (and up to 3% in pre-starter/starter phase); increased body weight gain (BWG) of 2% on overall period; and better efficacy under both non-antibiotic and antibiotic conditions.


"The development of a healthy digestive system is essential to ensure optimum bird performance," said Stephanie Ladirat, the global technology lead for gut health additives in Cargill's animal nutrition business. "Biacid Nucleus works by stimulating the chickens' digestive functions and by supporting the gut microbiota balance. Ultimately, this provides better body weight gain and an improved feed conversion rate."


Biacid Nucleus also helps to promote poultry performance and gut health in antibiotic-free environments, demonstrated by its success since its launch in Europe 15 years ago.


A recent trial performed in France in January 2015 demonstrated how Biacid Nucleus surpasses competing essential oil-based and gut health products on the market. Birds given the product in combination with an antibiotic-free diet improved weight gain by 2% and feed conversion rate by 1.6%. Bird mortality was reduced by 0.5%, allowing producers to receive a ROI of 5:1.


"Customers in China clearly understand the benefits of including Biacid Nucleus in their birds' diets - it's been available in the market for only three months and we've already seen a strong demand and sales volume," said Ladirat.


The Biacid product line, including Biacid Nucleus, is currently available in China and more than 40 countries in Europe, Middle East, Southeast Asia and Central America. The product will launch in India in September.

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