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All About Feed: AGP reduction with alpha-monoglycerides

Recent trials in rabbits and broilers show that glycerides of fatty acids were able to maintain productivity in animals fed antibiotic free diets. 

Due do their unique molecular structure, alpha-monoglycerides possess specific characteristics. These characteristics make them highly effective in improving the health status of farm animals.

The use of antibiotics as growth promoters has been banned in the European Union since 2006. This withdrawal was the result of concerns about the development of antimicrobial resistance and the transfer of antibiotic resistant genes from livestock to humans. The therapeutic use of antibiotics is also being restricted in most countries worldwide. Due to the increasing demand for animal feeds without antibiotics, the feed additive market is witnessing strong growth. The variety of available additives, such as essential oils, pre- and probiotics and all kinds of phytogenic products, is large. The feed additive that is still standing strong after all these years is the group of organic acids. Organic acids, especially when used in blends, are well-known for their strong antibacterial effects. They are able to disturb the bacterial cell wall and, at a low pH, to enter the pathogenic cell. As a consequence, vital cell processes, like protein and energy production and the formation of DNA, are disturbed, causing the pathogenic cell to die.

However, research shows that it is possible to achieve a higher efficiency and better health with organic acids if alpha-monoglycerides are used. In this case an organic acid, like a short chain fatty acid (SCFA) or medium chain fatty acid (MCFA), is specifically linked to the first position of a glycerol molecule via an ester bond. The success of alpha-monoglycerides lies in this... Read the full article on All About Feed