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Growth promoting alternative from Canadian Bio-Systems

Maxi-Gen Plus from Canadian Bio-Systems is now available in both the US and Canada. The product stimulates intestinal development and improves immune system response. It improves average daily gain and feed intake, while enhancing nutrient absorption and gut health, offering a viable alternative to traditional growth promoting products.

“One of the key benefits of Maxi-Gen Plus is that it helps to stimulate tissue growth and recovery during periods of stress,” says Rob Patterson, technical services manager for CBS Inc. “It mimics health-enhancing components that both pigs and poultry produce on their own. However, our research shows that during times of stress such as weaning and transport, the supply produced by the animal is often not enough to meet the demand for optimal health and performance. Maxi-Gen Plus fills that need to maximize these benefits for the producer.”

CBS in partnership with the University of Manitoba carried out research comparing a diet of Maxi-Gen Plus and a traditional medicated diet:

In one recent trial 210 pigs over 28 days showed pigs on the Maxi-Gen Plus diet performed at virtually the same rate as those on the medicated diet. “This reinforces the potential to use Maxi-Gen Plus as an alternative to medicated feed or to reduce the level of medicated feed used.”

Another trail showed that a Maxi-Gen Plus diet helped the animals fight off disease -- cutting mortality rate in half and dramatically reducing post-challenge incidence of scouring. “The mode of action is that the nucleotides are absorbed in the gut, which is resulting in better gut health and development, so the animal has a better chance of fighting off the infection.”

Feed conversion under the Maxi-Gen Plus diet was also improved post-challenge in this second trial. “This indicates multiple actions,” says Patterson. “We saw less scouring, less mortality and pigs catch up quicker and better in terms of feed intake and feed conversion.”
Poultry results are equally promising, says Patterson. In one key example, a 35 day feeding trial with broiler chickens showed birds supplemented with Maxi-Gen Plus were significantly heavier than control birds, with body weight and average daily gain results statistically equivalent to birds fed a medicated diet. Maxi-Gen Plus components have also been shown to alleviate stress and improve immune status in poultry.

The product will be showcased this week at the Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines and around the upcoming International Poultry Exhibition in Atlanta.


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