Feed Strategy - April 2018 - 5
Nowadays, animal farming faces new challenges. Consumer demands for safer
products and animal welfare are growing. Many countries have already banned the
use of Antibiotic Growth Promoters, and phytogenic feed additives appear to be a great
alternative. By adopting a holistic approach to the animal, Phodé innovates to offer
sensory solutions with original modes of action and proven efficacy.
Microbiota-brain connection: a worthwhile subject of interest for livestock
Numerous publications show the various impacts
that microbiota have on the whole living being.
When this flora is unbalanced, it leads to abdominal pain, psychological stress and therefore an
alteration of the quality of life. As a consequence,
top-performing animals do not reach their potential. Dysbiosis is caused by farm management,
feed transitions, psychological or physical stress,
sickness, antibiotics, etc. Bacteria present in the
gut are closely linked to other systems, such as
the immune system and the brain (Dantzer, 2009).
The microbiota-gut-brain axis is a bidirectional
homeostatic axis. It is now recognized that a
dysfunction of this axis can lead to pathogenesis
(Mayer, 2011). This symbiotic relation between
host and bacteria is at the origin of an overall
balance. When this balance is not optimal, modulation of stress response, behaviour and immunity can be altered (Rhee, 2009). Alteration of
immunity is likely to lead to sickness (lower innate
and adaptive immune response (Round, 2010 &
Olszak, 2012), and increase in pro-inflammatory
cytokines in plasma). Microflora also impacts the
brain by controlling the concentration of various
neurotransmitters, affecting behaviour.
Phodé considers "Better-Being" in animal farming
as the cornerstone for reaching optimum performance. The microbiota-gut-brain axis is a unique
system called the "cerebral ecosystem". Based on
this original approach, Phodé offers specific and
innovative solutions adapted to modern farming expectations. Oleobiotec is an exclusive blend of essential oils and spice extracts designed to optimise
transmission of the "Better-Being" message through
the microbiota-brain connection.
A naturally inspired solution
Essential oils and spices are widely known in human medicine and are also used in animal medicine. They regulate microflora and stimulate the
secretion of enzymes, gastric juices and motility of
the gut. Firstly, the action of an essential oil depends
on its chemotype defined by nature: the plant, the
area where it was grown, the season and other
factors. Phodé draws on 20 years of expertise to
carefully select active ingredients and create unique
solutions. Phodé guarantees consistent and effective solutions, thanks to a sourcing commitment and
strict quality standards. Secondly, Phodé's expertise
and know-how foster enhanced efficacy, combining
natural active compounds in order to benefit from
their synergistic effects. This expert use of synergies
resulted in the Oleobiotec range.
Each species has its own gut microbiota. Specific
Oleobiotec products were thus created to offer solutions for poultry, swine and ruminants. For the last
10 years, over 30 trials have been conducted with
scientific partners, commercial partners and customers around the world. Experiments in dairy show
an improvement in milk yield and milk quality, especially in somatic cell count. Oleobiotec regulates
ruminal microflora, preventing drastic shifts which
can cause metabolic disorders. A balanced microbiota helps to maintain normal behaviour (feeding,
resting, ruminating, etc.) Benefits vary according to
species and rearing conditions but the common result is that Oleobiotec is a cost-effective solution for
antibiotic-free animal production.
Oleobiotec is a unique solution, proven effective in promoting the balance and diversity of gut microbiota for "Better-Being".
Acting on the whole cerebral ecosystem is
the key to helping animals reach their full
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