Gastrointestinal health and functionality form the basis of sustainable animal production. The key word is bacterial diversity. In ruminants and swine, between 300 to 1000 unique species can be identified, while this number in turkeys and chicken is even higher with more than 2200 species.

Microbial colonization begins at birth and continues to develop and change in species diversity through life. Several factors are of influence on this process, like antibiotic treatment, stress and feed transitions. A disturbed microflora contains a large quantity of harmful bacteria which will overgrow the lactobacilli. This results in diarrhoea problems, an impaired immune function, lower feed efficiency and a lower animal performance. 


Balanced gut health

Fortunately, recent developments show that it is indeed possible to exert a positive influence on the balance in the microflora and thus gastrointestinal health and functionality. Several feed and management factors contribute to this balance. Framelco conducted extensive research in this area in partnership with several universities and research institutes as well as on practical farms. It turned out that selected α-monoglycerides demonstrate a strong positive effect on gastrointestinal health and animal performance. The patented application of α-monoglycerides is unique in its kind. Find out why.