SoftAcid® can be used instead of conventional organic acids in pig feed and offers the farmer a number of unique benefits.
Trials employing SoftAcid as a replacement for organic acids have been run in many countries with good results, showing similar or better utilisation of nutrients by the pig (= improved feed conversion ratio), reduced corrosion on equipment and less evaporation - leading to safer handling.
- Efficient pH reduction and control
- Excellent antibacterial effect on bacteria, mould and pathogenic yeasts
- Unique bacteriostatic effect on Salmonella, pseudomonas and E. coli
- Less corrosion on concrete and carbon steel
- More sustainable than pure acids
- Reduced odour/evaporation of acids, hence, an improved working environment
- Reduced handling risks and costs
SoftAcid makes an excellent alternative to Antibiotic Growth Promoters (AGPs) in livestock feed, due to its specific and unique ability to either kill or inhibit the growth of pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi.
Bacterial Inhibition Properties
The organic acids in SoftAcid have two functions as antimicrobial agents. Their primary action is through pH depression. In addition, the ability of organic acids to change from undissociated to dissociated form, depending of the environmental pH, makes them effective antimicrobial agents.
LCA: SoftAcid vs formic acid
A Life Cycle Analysis compared SoftAcid® to pure formic acid for animal feed. The results confirm that SoftAcid is the overall most sustainable choice.
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