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                                                                       Article number: 1003566

All organisms have an optimum range of pH for growth. The tolerance of different species to pH levels outside their optimum varies. In most cases enteropathogens have a low tolerance to low (acid) pH’s whilst commensal microflora tend to prefer a more acid environment.

The inclusion of acids in the ration can reduce scours and increase proteolysis, leading to improved performance. Lactic acid, Fumaric acid, Formic acid, Propionic acid and Citric acid and their salts have been shown to improve growth rate and feed efficiency in pigs as a result of promoting peptic activity.

After numerous trials over several years to identify the ideal composition of an acidifier it was discovered that by selecting two major components in specific proportions blended with a weak base greater responses in terms of growth rate and feed efficiency could be obtained.

HAMECO-ACID is a carefully balanced blend of Ammonium Formate, Formic acid and Propionic acid on an acidified verxite base. This combination ensures that the feed pH does not fall to a level that will reduce intakes nor does it create a ‘nose’ rendering the feed unpalatable. Ammonium Formate has a greater activity than the equivalent amount  of Calcium Formate as it rapidly dissociates in the digestive tract and is compatible with copper when used as growth promoter. Formic acid has a potent antimicrobial effect against all Gram negative species and therefore acts to reduce numbers of these organisms in feed, and, by virtue of the carrier, throughout the length of the gut.

The pH lowering effect of HAMECO-ACID is particularly important in the stomach duodenum and jejunum where the digestion of proteins will be improved as a result of the conversion of pepsinogen (the pro enzyme op pepsin) to the active enzyme. This means improved nitrogen retention and improved growth. In feeds containing milk the acids in HAMECO-ACID help overcome the natural acid binding properties of milk products as well as assisting in the coagulation of milk proteins prior to digestion. The active ingredients in HAMECO-ACID are totally metabolisable and therefore cause no residue problems nor is there a withdrawal period.

When HAMECO-ACID is added to the feed the acidifying power will reduce the pH to about 6.0 where the commensal microflora will now outgrow the potential pathogens and maintain a healthy gut.

At the same time as HAMECO-ACID is acting as an acidifier in the gut the formic and propionic acids will be actively killing the other Gram negative bacteria entering the gut via the feed or water.

The benefits of HAMECO-ACID can be summed up as follows:

  1. Improved growth rates.
  2. Improved feed intake/palatability.
  3. Reduced intestinal disorders from coliform and other enteropathogenic bacteria.
  4. Stimulation of digestive enzymes and bile production.
  5. Reduced spoilage of feed during storage (improved feed quality).
  6. Lower inclusion level than single acid products.
  7. Provides a certain nutritional value to the ration.
  8. Fully metabolisable active ingredients: no residues, no withdrawal.
  9. No resistance build up as found with antibiotics.
  10. Withstands pelleting.

Used at 1.5 kgs/MT inclusion as a feed acidifier or 3 kgs/MT to eliminate Salmonellae HAMECO-ACID poses no risk to operators and is more pleasant to handle than many more volatile products.

The inclusion of HAMECO-ACID in different ration formulations will have different magnitudes of response. For example highly buffered feeds will show a much lower response than when included with low acid binding feed.

When formulating pig rations care should always be taken to ensure that the minimum inclusion of high acid binding components are used if maximum benefit of HAMECO-ACID is to be achieved.

Rations based on maize or soya therefore show a greater performance improvement with HAMECO-ACID than rations with high levels of fishmeal, meat meal or milk products.

Stable for at least 2 years, when stored in a dry and cool place.

25 kgs bag.