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  • Protected Lauric acid salts (C12)

Intestinal health, essential for good growth performance without resorting to massive antibiotics use , is the result of interaction between diet, intestinal mucosa integrity and the balance of intestinal microflora.

A stable intestinal flora supports digestion and effective absorption of nutrients, limits intestinal diseases and promotes an effective immune state.

Gram+ bacteria, such as streptococci, staphylococci and clostrides, cause considerable damage to animal health and significant financial losses for the farmers. Streptococcus suis is transmitted by direct contact or diffused by indirect contact via the droplets dissipated in the air with the respiration. Healthy pigs can carry the microorganism for several months in the tonsils and sows can act as healthy carriers. The sow transmits the antibodies to the piglets through the colostrum and for this reason the disease is uncommon in the nursing animals. Disease is much more common in the first period after weaning and often appears 2-3 weeks later and continues up to about 16 weeks of age.
After the weaning almost 100% of pigs becomes bearer within three weeks.

DRAX Protected Lauric acid salts

Streptococcus infection: economic damages

  • high mortality | 10-50%
  • high morbility |  5-20%
  • less average daily growth  |-20/40 g/die
  • feed consumption reduction  |-20-50%
  • feed conversion reduced |+20-40%
  • production loss days |+8-15 gg
  • drugs cost increased |+1-5 €/pig
  • increase general costs of work

Possible workers contagion

Economic considerations

In the post-weaning  DRAX has demon-strated that it can easily decrease the dosage and/or the time of use of the antibiotics commonly used to prevent Streptococcosis.
Compared to the control group (no antibiotic, no additives) DRAX has guaranteed an economic return of 20% more than the market value of piglets.


Gram+ bacteria cellwall is (50-90%) constituted by peptidoglycans, while Gram- have an additional polysaccharidic membrane (not present in Gram+) and a thin peptidoglycan membrane.

Among all medium chain saturated fatty acids , Lauric acid is the one having strongest antimicrobial activity against gram-positive bacteria and against some viruses and fungi.
Lauric acid is able to interpose with the peptidoglycan cell wall causing its own breaks: once inside the cell, Lauric acid may also interfere with the bacterial gene transduction and transcription processes.

When utilize DRAX S™

  • To reduce Streptococcus infection
  • To prevent post weaning diarrhoea  
  • During stress or heat situation
  • To improve immunity status
  • After feed changement quality
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