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Perstorp, specialty chemical solution provider for a wide variety of industries and applications, has launched ProPhorce Valerins in the field of animal nutrition to improve animal performance and gut balance

perstorp 1The trial demonstrates the efficacy of a diet with strategically timed additions of esters of butyric acid (ProPhorce SR) and esters of valeric acid (ProPhorce Valerins). (Image source: Perstorp)

With patents pending, ProPhorce Valerins consists of glycerol esters of valeric acid. A new research trial has demonstrated that strategically timed additions of glycerol esters of valeric acid significantly improve broiler performance when compared to industry standards such as butyric acid.

“ADG of the Ross 308 male broilers improved with 2.9 grams per day on average at 42 days compared to control. This added performance of 4.5 per cent additional growth could translate to US$112.81 added profit per million birds for an integrator,” noted the company.

The results were presented at the European Symposium for Poultry Nutrition (ESPN) in Gdansk, Poland from 13-15 June by the research partner Marta I. Gracia from Imasde Agroalimentaria, S.L.

Beneficial for animal nutrition

Valeric acid (C5) is the last of the short chain fatty acids and is explored for its benefits in animal nutrition. It is naturally produced by gut microbiota. Research has shown that valeric acid may help reduce harmful pathogens and help maintain gut flora equilibrium.

Glycerol esters of organic acids have the benefit of getting the acid into the intestinal tract intact. Valeric acid is seen to support gut balance. Perstorp is researching its effectiveness in the animal industry.

José M Ros, business development manager for Perstorp Animal Nutrition in charge of the trials, said, “Earlier data indicated optimal effectivity of ProPhorce Valerins when dosed between day 14 and 28. During this period, enteric dysbiosis often challenges broilers performance. This trial confirms the benefits of timing the addition this way and showed that ProPhorce Valerins reinforces butyric acid in the broiler’s grower phase.”

“I believe this is because ProPhorce Valerins has the benefit of helping to maintain optimal gut balance while supporting the animal through the critical stages of growth,” M Ros added.