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How Slow-Release Organic Acid Improved Piglet Health

A well-known university recently conducted research to demonstrate how microencapsulation technology can deliver nutrients to the distal portion of the gut with tremendous efficacy. In the study, young pigs were fed diets supplemented with slow-release organic acid from Maxx, a comparable competitive product and a control. Animals on diets containing the Maxx slow-release organic acid benefited most:

  1. Increased villi height in the small intestine, and increased volatile fatty acids (VFA). This indicates to researchers that the piglets fed the Maxx-supplemented slow-release diets have greater ability to absorb nutrients due to having less pathogenic bacteria.
  2. Fewer piglets with diarrhea. A reduction in piglet diarrhea translates into faster growth rates and a decrease in the need for antibiotic use.
  3. Greater efficiency. The Maxx product was administered at 700 grams/ton of feed, whereas the competitor was administered at 2 Kg/ton of feed (a dose rate 65% higher than ours).

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