Kemin is a worldwide ingredient manufacturer. Kemin does more than create molecular solutions; they share their expertise in animal health, science, and engineering with their customers. Kemin provides alternatives to antibiotic treatments for greater consumer acceptability, and improved animal health and growth. Kemin's active microbial probiotics manage gut health in a sustainable manner; their nutritional acidifiers help establish superior absorption; and the encapsulation allows for the slow release of active ingredients in the digestive tract to raise overall health and lower mortality rates.
Probiotics are defined as live microbial feed supplements, which beneficially affect the host animal by improving its intestinal microbial balance. Probiotics increase the normal microbiota population by the selective exclusion of specific pathogenic microbes in the gut. The suggested mechanisms of action of probiotics in improving poultry health and production include competitive exclusion, maintaining integrity of epithelial barrier, nutrient transfer and enhancing enteric immunity. The mode of action of a particular probiotic depends upon the generation. For example, the first generation probiotics act simply by competitive exclusion and the second generation probiotics act not only by competitive exclusion but also by way of producing antibacterial substances which have specific action on pathogens. Common probiotics used in poultry are Bacillus subtilis, Bifidobacterium spp. and Lactobacillus spp. An ideal probiotic should be of host origin, non-pathogenic, resist gut conditions (acidic pH conditions), produce antimicrobial compounds, improve commensal bacteria growth, modulate immune response, improve animal performance and withstand feed processing conditions. Kemin’s product offerings in this segment is CLOSTAT®.
Organic acids, such as lactic, acetic, tannic, fumaric, propionic, formic, citric, benzoic and butyric acids, etc., have been shown to exhibit beneficial effects on the intestinal health and performance of birds. Feeding organic acids may result in improved body weight gains and feed conversion ratio. A good range of organic acids with variable physical and chemical properties are available for poultry, for usage in water or feed. They are either available as single product or in combination. Recently there is more awareness and the industry prefers to use protected (encapsulated) organic acids as they have the advantage of sustained and targeted release in addition to reduced odour issues. Supplementation of organic acids can modify enteric bacterial population, so it is recommended to use it along with probiotics. Kemin’s product offerings in this segment is ButiPEARL™.
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