Ac-i-prim® Lactobacillus acidophilus
Animal Feed Supplement with live lactobacilli
Ac-i-prim® with Lactobacillus acidophilus is the successor to the legendary PT-12.
Ac-i-prim® embodies everything that set the precursor product impressively apart. Over 15 years of experience with lactobacilli in the pharmaceutical sector has resulted in an infinite knowledge base. The company re-scha® applied this knowledge to the entire manufacturing process for this new product. The high quality standards of re-scha® and of its clients are reflected in this new animal feed supplement with live lactobacilli. Compliance with the declared count of live lactobacilli was of utmost importance to us. For many years, the external GMP laboratory that re-scha® has successfully been using, has been monitoring key production steps. Naturally, the product comes in a suitable package that allows for proper storage. re-scha® has spared no cost or efforts here.
This specific lactobacillus acidophilus was not chosen by chance.
Ac-i-prim® only contains a live bacterial strain. As the saying goes, “too many cooks spoil the broth”, different species of bacteria can hinder their effectiveness. It is extremely difficult to find different species of bacteria for an animal feed supplement, that work together well. Moreover, this lactobacillus acidophilus does not come in capsules. What good does it do the user or the animal, if the capsule shell does not open until after the intestinal passage? The risk is too great. In addition, a probiotic loses a number of valuable live germs inside capsules.
This particular lactobacillus is a special isolate from one species frequently found in the small intestines of the target animal species.
Among other things, it is also able to populate exposed intestinal receptors. Several extensive studies required for EU approval showed it could considerably improve the health (i.e. vitality) of the animals. Using Ac-i-prim® is primarily aimed at reducing the use of antibiotics. From dealing with the predecessor, we know that lactobacilli are not only able to encourage the metabolic rate tremendously, but can also help the body to synthesise nutrients that cannot be delivered artificially. The effect that lactobacilli have on pathogens (i.e. undesirable germs) has been explained in previous publications at great length.
The lactobacillus acidophilus shows no resistance to antibiotics, so Ac-i-prim® always needs to be used again after administering antibiotics. Lactobacilli resistant to antibiotics are not approved in the EU.
Great importance is also attached to the selection of valuable additives and supplementary ingredients to the product. Bio-cornflower (maize starch) is used as the carrier material for the lactic acid bacteria (lactobacilli). The addition of chicory powder, with its valuable component of inulin, accelerates considerably the start and the growth of the bacteria in the small intestine of the targeted species. Note: inulin is a prebiotic and is a substance that serves as a source of nutrient for useful bacteria (especially lactic acid bacteria). Therefore, chicory powder is extremely important for the settlement of lactobacilli in the small intestines of animals.
Using Ac-i-prim® for the target animal species:
Ac-i-prim® is ideally administered with feed. It helps using “Frutin” by re-scha® as a binding agent. Accordingly, none of the valuable bacterial substance will be lost, and it even provides the lactobacilli with additional food to encourage reproduction.
Adding it to the drinking water is only advisable if the animals take the water within 2 to 3 hours. Several studies have shown that the longer the lactobacilli remain in water, the higher the mortality rate of the bacteria.
Another option for administering it, is to simply dust the feed with Ac-i-prim®. The simplest and most effective method is to give a well-balanced mix of feed and Ac-i-prim® into a plastic bag and shake it vigorously. Although some of the bacteria substance will be lost, there is often no other option. Ac-i-prim® cannot be overdosed, as excess bacteria will simply be excreted. Lactobacilli cease of their own accord to reproduce if the pH level in the intestines is below a certain level.
To prepare animals for breeding, administer Ac-i-prim® for at least 14 days. To improve egg quality, Ac-i-prim® can also be administered for the entire laying period.
Young animals receive Ac-i-prim® for a minimum of 14 days from the first day on. However, the product can easily be given without hesitation for a longer period.
Preferably, Ac-i-prim® is administered with the feed for the whole day.
The dose is approx. 3g/kg feed (= heaped macro measuring spoon: 3 g) depending on the age of the animals.
The packages include measuring spoons for dosing.
- Macro measuring spoon in the 100 g Ac-i-prim® can, heaped (= 3.0 g) for approx. 30 animals per day.
- Macro measuring spoon in the 40 g Ac-i-prim® can, heaped (= 3.0 g) for approx. 30 animals per day and the Micro measuring spoon in the 40 g Ac-i-prim® can, heaped (= 0.3 g) for 3 to 5 animals per day.
- Micro measuring spoon in the 18 g Ac-i-prim® can, heaped (= 0.3g) for 3 to 5 animals per day.
The company re-scha® continues to favour storage in freezer conditions, at least minus 18° Celsius. The lactobacilli can remain viable in these conditions for years. And of course the Ac-i-prim® product is also stored in these freezer conditions at re-scha® before it is shipped. Temporary refrigerated storage (approx. +6° C to +8° C) of 6 months and also temporary room temperature storage (approx. +18°C to +22°C) for 3 months are possible. Please also note the indications on the product label.
This product information is intended as a guide for using Ac-i-prim® correctly. The company re-scha® will gladly provide detailed information about specific applications.
Packaging note: Information date: August 2020.