Nor-Grape® polyphenols improve meat quality

How consumers perceive Meat quality Meat quality is a multidimensional and difficult concept. Amongst consumers, « quality » is first perceived in the place of purchase through several criteria. These criterias may be intrinsic (physical aspect) or extrinsic (price, brand, packaging, etc.) and they are determinant in the meat product choice. Amongst these criteria, the …

Antioxidants on the first line to compensate oxidative stress

Free radicals, the result of the Respiratory process Free radicals are products from the respiratory process. They are highly reactive and can induce important oxidative damage in the organism, leading to an impairment of bio-logical functions. Antioxidants are defense molecules used by the animal to fight against these reactive species. They can be produced by …

Constipation, cause or consequence of dysbiosis?

A risk factor for sow breeding: Constipation Constipation affects between 20 and 30% of sows in intensive breeding. It is a risk factor for urinary tract infections, cystitis and pyelonephritis and can also cause dehydration and atrophy of intestinal villi, which in turn may facilitate bacterial, viral and parasitic infections (Ramonet et al., 2017). The …

Regulatory information: Grape extract authorized for animal feed

From May 30th 2023, the only grape extract authorized for animal feed in Europe is 2b485. What is 2b485? 2b485 is a dry grape extract from Vitis vinifera spp. vinifera that can be used in animal nutrition if it meets the following characteristics: Mixture of seed extracts and skin extracts, as defined by the Council …

Norponin® Opti contributes to the management of ammonia emissions in fattening pigs

The negative effects of coccidiosis on Gut Health Health in general and gut health more specifically, are important pillars of animal welfare. Gut health can be negatively affected in broiler chickens by coccidiosis. To limit the effect of this disease, coccidiostats have been used with success for decades. However, resistance is a side effect of …

Nor-Mite®: In-feed repellent to contribute to the control of red mite populations in poultry breeding

Resistant and invading parasites: Red Mites Red mites are ectoparasites that live at the expense of laying hens. Their presence in laying farms has deleterious economic and health consequences. Their short life cycle and ability to survive without eating enable poultry red mites to proliferate, which makes them particularly difficult to remove from farms. Resistance …

Standardized Natural Citrus Extract supplementation influences sows’ microbiota welfare and piglets’ performances

Publication of a Peer Review Article In 2020, Doctor Sekhou Cisse (Nor-Feed, R&D Team) published a peer review article, in Transnational Animal Science journal, about the effect of the Standardized Natural Citrus Extract (SNCE; Nor-Spice AB®, Nor-Feed SAS, France) on the microbiota of the sows and on the weight gain of their piglets. Fifty sows …

Effects of Nor-Grape® supplementation in late gestating sows in a hot climate

Detrimental effects of heat stress in Livestocks Heat stress has detrimental effects in livestock. Excessive thermal stress around parturition can have detrimental effects on reproduction success and litter growth in swine. Antioxidants are commonly used in various species to limit oxidative stress caused by excess environmental heat. Grape polyphenols have been extensively studied for the …

Interest of stimulating endogenous butyrate production

What is Butyrate? Since the ban of 2006 on antimicrobial growth promotors (AGPs), the animal feed industry has been focusing on alternative strategies to improve gut health. In addition, to absorb nutrients the intestinal tract plays a key role in pathogen control and immune defenses, as long as its integrity is preserved. Butyrate is a …