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Alpharma Introduces New Synbiotic Feed Supplement

by 5m Editor
13 January 2010, at 11:26am

US - Proflora combines a patented, direct-fed microbial with a prebiotic to improve nutrient utilisation, says Alpharma.

Alpharma Animal Health has begun sales and marketing of its novel new poultry feed additive, ProfloraTM, which is designed to optimise the gut environment and support favourable microflora populations, improving poultry performance and production. Proflora is a unique poultry feed supplement that combines a direct-fed microbial (DFM) with a prebiotic.

Proflora is comprised of two highly beneficial components:

  • a live, direct-fed microbial probiotic – the highly researched and patented QST 713 strain of Bacillus subtilis;, and 2.
  • a yeast-extract prebiotic called Beta Mos®, which provides nutrition-enhancing β-mannan oligosaccharides and β-glucans.

The combination is known as a 'synbiotic'. Layne Asay, Director of Strategic Marketing for Alpharma said: "It is the synergistic effect of the DFM in combination with the prebiotic that has proven so effective in attaining and maintaining peak conditions in the avian intestinal tract. Each of the two components provides specific benefits to the gut environment that, together, helps elevate nutrient utilisation by poultry, thereby lowering production costs."

In addition to enhancing nutrient use, Proflora also has been demonstrated to reduce the negative effects of necrotic enteritis challenge (Clostridium perfringens) on performance, mortality and lesion scores.

As a non-drug, non-antibiotic feed supplement, Proflora can serve as an adjunct to existing medicated feed programmes, or as a non-antibiotic alternative for operations producing birds for specialised markets. Proflora is compatible with feed-based coccidiosis control programmes and coccidiosis vaccines, and be used concurrently with feed antibiotics and water medications. It is stable in pelleted feeds and requires no withdrawal period before slaughter.

Layne Asay added: "Today's consumers are demanding a wide range of choices in poultry products. The use of a synbiotic for poultry represents a new and innovative alternative to help ensure poultry health and nutrition while also responding to consumer preferences. Years of research have made Proflora possible, and we are excited to be bringing it to the market."

Alpharma Animal Health has a patent pending that covers the combination product and its use with anti-coccidial vaccines and select anti-coccidial premix products. Proflora is initially being sold in 50-pound, multi-wall bags, with a recommended feeding rate of 1.25 to 2 pounds of Proflora per ton of complete feed.