Improving the Health of Pigs and Pig Farmers


Ekogea’s BioComplex Feed for Pigs is a 100% natural Marine Algae (Seaweed) feed ingredient processed in a unique way so it has a positive effect upon many of the key performance criteria in growing and finishing pigs:

Improved Feed Conversion Ratio


pigs at feeding time

Improved gut health leads to more effective utilisation of available nutrients in the feed. This improvement in Feed Conversion leads to higher weight gains in both the grower and finishing stages leading to either greater final weights or more batches per year through existing accommodation.

Greater Transfer Weights


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Biocomplex improves the efficiency with which nutrients are absorbed by the pig. This, combined with a reduction in the challenges of undesirable bacteria and toxins within the animal and an improved environment, leads to pigs being treated with Biocomplex to gain weight faster.  This results in either reaching target weight more quickly or leading to higher weight for a fixed time within the farm system.

Lower Mortality Rates


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Farms using BioComplex Feed have seen reductions in mortality. BioComplex acts by promoting competitive exclusion, greatly increasing the number and diversity of beneficial gut organisms and suppressing undesirable organisms, so making pigs less susceptible to enteric disorders. This also leads to lower medication use.

Reduced ammonia levels in the slurry means a healthier environment for both pigs and stockpersons. This adds to the overall general health of the pigs.

Improved Slurry Handling


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Ekogea’s BioComplex Feed reduces the levels of gaseous ammonia and hydrogen sulphide in slurry in both housing and when spread to field.

The gelling effect of BioComplex Feed makes the slurry more homogenous and reduces the level of crusting and sedimentation in the tanks. As a result, it is much easier to handle and the slurry tanks easier to empty. This all helps meet the increasing demands of the EA, NRW and SEPA as well as compliance with the government’s Clean Air Strategy 2019.

What Does BioComplex Feed Do?


When administered within feed, the fully approved EU feed ingredient (04255-EN) significantly improves the balance of microbes in the gut which are vital to the overall health of the pig. The importance of this interaction is clearly highlighted by the fact that 70% – 80% of the body’s immune cells are found in the gut. Due to the unique way in which BioComplex is processed it has high levels of available minerals and sugars. Two key elements act together to improve the gut biome:

  1. Oligosaccharides – are simple sugars which encourage an increase in the number and diversity of beneficial organisms within the gut. The treated nature of BioComplex makes these more available to the animal and thus a healthier gut biome is created.
  2. Polyuronic Acid – provides a natural protection against toxins and pathogens and acts as a buffer to prevent them being absorbed by the gut;

An additional benefit of BioComplex is its ability to chemically convert the toxic gaseous ammonia in the faeces into a non-toxic crystalline ammonium, which improves the environment within the house by reducing odour and ammonia volatisation.

Improved Pig Health


Farms using BioComplex Feed have seen a reduction in mortality. The ability of Polyuronic Acid to buffer pathogens in the gut, combined with the effect of Oligosaccharides supplying greater energy, allows the good microbes to ‘out compete’ the bad microbes. This process of competitive exclusion makes pigs less susceptible to enteric disorders and so reduces the use of antibiotics.

BioComplex reduces ammonia in the slurry also provides a healthier environment for both pigs and stockpersons.

Improves Slurry Handling


The gelling effect of BioComplex Feed makes the slurry more homogenous and reduces the level of crusting and sedimentation in the tanks. As a result, it is much easier to handle and the slurry tanks easier to empty.

This all helps meet the increasing demands of the EA, NRW and SEPA as well as compliance with the government’s Clean Air Strategy 2019.

The Science


How does BioComplex differ from other Seaweed based products?

Ekogea’s BioComplex is ‘treated algae’ as opposed to ‘untreated algae’.

Treated Algae means the cells and cell walls of Ascophyllum Nodosum are broken down during the production process and the trace elements, proteins and minerals extracted in a purer form for use in the gut of the animal. No acids are used in the extraction process leaving the simplest sugars available which are absorbed more easily in the gut.

For Untreated Algae (normal seaweed based products) the cell walls are not broken down in the same way so the trace elements, proteins and minerals remain trapped inside the cells and are less available for use in the gut.

Oligosaccharides

  • Minute carbon-based structures found in cell walls and a unique food for microbes;
  • More of the simple C1 – C9 short chain elemental sugars are made available which are vital for delivering the pre-biotic effect of BioComplex;
  • This creates a stronger microbial structure to feed the microbes and create a healthier gut biome;
  • The more that grow the more they out compete the pathogens.

A healthier balance of gut organisms strengthens the epithelial cells lining the gut wall, preventing undesirable organisms crossing this vital barrier, therefore reducing “leaky gut”,  a significant cause of diarrhoea.

Polyuronic Acid

  • Has a high capacity for ion exchange;
  • This benefits desirable gut organisms while negatively affecting undesirable bacteria;
  • Buffers metals and toxins. Positively charged metals and toxins are attracted to the Polyuronic Acid and are chelated and buffered, reducing their undesirable effects.
  • Chemically alters form in which ammonia and sulphur dioxide are held from a gaseous to crystalline form, reducing air borne contamination and odour.
  • Is negatively charged and so is attracted to the positively charged cell walls of the gut. As a result, they provide a natural barrier to pathogens getting into the cell wall;

Microbial diversity is key to efficient feed conversion and nutrient assimilation. The use of Ekogea’s BioComplex enables beneficial microbes to naturally outcompete pathogens, promoting competitive exclusion.

Enteric Infection Occurring


ENTERIC INFECTION OCCURRING WITHOUT BCx

Enteric Infection Prevention With BioComplex


ENTERIC INFECTION PREVENTION WITH BCx

Certifications


FEMAS Accreditation

Ekogea’s BioComplex Feed Ingredient is fully accredited under FEMAS regulations for production quality and excellence.

UFAS Accreditation

Ekogea’s BioComplex Plus is fully accredited under UFAS regulations for production quality and excellence.

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EKOGEA’s full product line is certified ORGANIC under the European Economic Community EEC 2381/94, EG 8342007, and EG8992008 which governs organic production, labelling and control of animal and human feedstuffs. All of EKOGEA’s products can be sold and used in the eco-systems of agriculture in all member states of the European Community without special permission.

Contact

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Further Information

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Hendwr Office, Llandrillo, Corwen, Denbighshire, LL21 0SN

Southern Office

Merrifield, Woodland, Ashburton, Devon, TQ13 7JS

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