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Nutraceutical to ensure Animal Welfare and Stress Control

Published on: 10/7/2020
Author/s : José Ignacio Alonso, Veterinarian, Liptosa

The greater intensification of animal production cannot neglect the welfare and the correct conditions of animal housing and management. The European Union (EU) has established a wide range of legislative provisions that guarantee this condition and more and more countries share this concern. In the short term, legislative guidelines may seem like an unnecessary cost, but considering that a stressed animal will not be able to express its full productive potential, it should be considered as an investment.

We should continue improving our knowledge of the needs of production animals to ensure that they reach the highest productivity in accordance with their genetic potential. For this reason, from Liptosa S.A. we believe in the need to identify the consequences of stress in the animals and to provide a natural solution to this challenge.

Stress is a reflex reaction expressed by an animal's inability to cope with its environment, which can trigger many undesirable consequences, ranging from discomfort to death. It involves biological and behavioural responses to a wide range of abiotic stressors which can be either originated within an individual (endogenous) or coming from the environment (exogenous). Therefore, there will be an alteration of biological functions and the development of pathologies that will have a direct impact on productive performance.

Impact and Stress factors on Livestock Animals

Animals are naturally in a state of continuous alert reacting to any kind of external stimuli. In production animals, stressors can be divided into physical factors (diseases, ventilation, high
temperatures), social factors (animal isolation, food competition, hierarchical ranking, etc.) and related management practices (lack of water, poor food distribution, transportation, etc.).
Stressors have a cumulative effect and the greater the number of factors, the greater the problem of maladaptation.

The stress response includes several changes that may have negative impact on growth, production, animal reproduction and disease susceptibility (immunosuppression).

Liptotran as a tool to ensure Animal Welfare and Stress Control

LIPTOTRAN is a nutraceutical product that combines plants, plant extracts and chelated minerals, which has a relaxing effect on the animals, enhancing their defence mechanisms against stress caused by physical and social stressors, keeping the animals calmer and in better condition.

Liptotran achieves a double beneficial effect: a tranquilizer and a growth promoter. It is indicated in cases of undesirable behaviour such as cannibalism, aggressiveness, mounts, and periods of
stress related to sudden changes in temperature, transport or regrouping of batches.

Thanks to its components, LIPTOTRAN helps to achieve optimal growth, facilitates the handling of animals, and minimizes productive losses.

Uses and Recommendations

Livestock productive cycle involves breeding, rearing, transport, and slaughter; but depending on the species, there are different critical stages to which we must pay greater attention and avoid
those stressful factors that affect both health and productive performance.

In poultry farming, Liptotran is recommended for a better adaptation to laying houses (pre-laying and layer I diets) as well as to reduce pecking and cannibalism, since quiet and less active animals will show a productive improvement.

Swine’s aggressive behaviour and cannibalism are well known, so Liptotran is recommended in pregnant sows, to reduce early abortions due to trauma, and in batch regroupings or in transition
period in piglets and when entering the fattening stage. This way we will prevent biting and regulate feeding competence. Likewise, Liptotran is also an interesting product to use in prolonged transports for example of breeding animals.

Since ruminants have less aggressive behaviours, we recommend their use at the entrance to the fattening lot to prevent undesired mounts, and at the end of fattening to improve zootechnical parameters.

LIPTOTRAN, thanks to its plant-based composition, helps to minimize stress without reducing feed intake, consequently, it becomes a tool of great interest to improve the welfare of our animals and the profitability of productions.

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