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A review of the effects of dietary organic acids fed to swine

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology, October 2015
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A review of the effects of dietary organic acids fed to swine
Published in
Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology, October 2015
DOI 10.1186/s40104-015-0042-z
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Mocherla V A N Suiryanrayna, J V Ramana


Animal production depends on nutrient utilization and if done there is an accelerated momentum towards growth with a low cost to feed ratio Public concern over the consumption of pork with antibiotic residues of the animals fed with antibiotic growth promoters (AGP) has paved the way to use other additives like herbs and their products, probiotics, prebiotics etc. Numerous feed additives are in vogue for achieving this target and one such classical example is the usage of organic acids and their salts. Usage of organic acids was in progress for over four decades. Early weaned piglets are (3-4 weeks age) exposed to stress with a reduced feed intake, little or no weight gain. This post weaning lag period is due to a limited digestive and absorptive capacity due to insufficient production of hydrochloric acid, pancreatic enzymes and sudden changes in feed consistency and intake. Lowering dietary pH by weak organic acids was found to overcome these problems. The main activity of organic acids is associated with a reduction in gastric pH converting the inactive pepsinogen to active pepsin for effective protein hydrolysis. Organic acids are both bacteriostatic and bactericidal. Lactic acid has been reported to reduce gastric pH and delay the multiplication of an enterotoxigenic E. coli. These acids are the intermediary products in Kreb's cycle and thus act as an energy source preventing the tissue breakdown resulting from gluconeogenesis and lipolysis. Excretion of supplemental minerals and nitrogen are minimized with organic acids as these form complexes with minerals and aids for their bio-availability. Short chain fatty cids like acetic, propionic and n-butyric acid produced by microbial fermentation of dietary fibre in the large intestines may increase the proliferation of epithelial cells and have stimulatory effects on both endocrine and exocrine pancreatic secretions in pigs. Organic acids also enhances apparent total tract digestibility and improves growth performance. It is concluded that organic acids and their salts increase the protein utilization especially in weaner pigs and improves production indices.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
India 2 1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Unknown 167 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 34 20%
Student > Master 31 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 22 13%
Student > Bachelor 18 11%
Other 13 8%
Other 27 16%
Unknown 25 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 84 49%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 19 11%
Medicine and Dentistry 10 6%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 7 4%
Immunology and Microbiology 2 1%
Other 17 10%
Unknown 31 18%

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