Taiwan is an island state in East Asia and located in the tropical and subtropical zone. During summer, the weather is hot and humid, and these factors will cause the intensive farming livestock to stay in high pressure and uncomfortable state, hence resulting in feed intake reduce and disease.
Weaned pigs are more sensitive to inter and external environments changes comparing to growing pigs or finishing pigs. During the weaning stage, piglets are facing a series of physiological and psychological pressure such as feed changes, organ development and housing change, etc. These variants will cause weaning pig indigestion, appetite decrease and diarrhoea. Therefore, piglets require more attention to taking care of it.
In 2006, the European Union issued a ban on using antibiotics; many countries followed up and started antibiotic-free culture. Moreover, recent years consumers started paying more attention to food safety; these promoted the changes in animal husbandry and breeding. The changes also support the development of antibiotic-free feed additives for animal intestinal health care.
Muco-defen® contains two types of special selected Bacillus sp. (FMB-68 & FMN-151) and secondary metabolism - Surfactin produced by the chosen Bacillus sp. through patent solid-state fermentation. Surfactin is composed of amphiphile compounds which contain both hydrophobic and hydrophilic group within the molecule. The amphiphile feature of surfactin can change the surface tension of the bacterial cell wall and killed the bacteria without harming other intestinal probiotics. With the addition of essential oil such as garlic, cinnamon, oregano; Muco-defen® provides various type of protections for the animal to maintain their gut health. Besides that, Muco-defen® was proven through field trials and showed its effectiveness to the pathogens such as Escherichia coli, Salmonella enterica, Clostridium perfringens. Muco-defen® can help sick and weak piglets, to recover from the occurrence of diarrhoea caused by feed conversion, moreover, through observing stool tests, Muco-defen® reduced the number of pathogenic bacteria and promoted beneficial bacteria. As a result, Muco-defen® can maintain animal digestion and absorption functions and effectively improve piglet growth performance.