Phytogenic formulas optimize pig performance


Delacon’s phytogenics formulas can support to replace antibiotic growth promoters, while optimizing pig performance. Phytogenic feed additives offer essential oils to stimulate feed intake[1], flavonoids to aid in nutrient absorption[2] and mucilages to optimize intestinal health[3].
• Enhances feed intake due to sensorial stimulation in lactating sows (+6%)[4,5] and piglets (+4.7%)[6,7], and high acceptance of feed after weaning
• Optimizes piglets feed efficiency and growth performance via enhanced feed intake[6,8]
• Supports intestinal health[9,10]
• Aids in vitality and supports piglet survival rate (-36%)[6]
• Enhances nutrient utilization in piglets[8] and sows[7]
• Improves nutritional quality of milk in lactating sows[7]
• Optimizes piglet uniformity at birth and weaning[11]
• Promotes increased feed intake to reduce body weight loss of sows at weaning (-25%)[7]
• Supports an increase in litter size and weight through increased sow feed intake[5]
• Enhances stress tolerance in sows and piglets[5,10]
• Improves sows’ fertility and shortens reproduction cycle[7]

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Plant powered performance for swine

In the United States, Delacon phytogenics are a key ingredient in Purina’s NEWtraStart™ feed for nursery, grow-finish pigs and sows.

Young pigs


Flavonoids and mucilages, with their ability to optimize immune response, are particularly useful to young pigs – a group most likely to face health challenges. When fed through the entire starter period, NEWtraStart™ feed has been shown to help small pigs grow faster than pigs not fed NEWtraStart™ and also reduced the number of light pigs transferred to finishing. Small pigs realized the most significant growth. Pigs weighing less than 10 pounds at weaning improved gain by 21% over the control group. At the end of this 42-day trial, feeding NEWtraStart™ feed resulted in 39% fewer pigs weighing less than 40 pounds and 33% more pigs weighing over 50 pounds.

Research showed pigs fed diets with NEWtraStart™ feed [12]

• Gained 6.2% faster

• Exhibited 2.6% better feed conversion

• Were 2 pounds heavier at 42 days post-weaning

Research showed finishing pigs fed diets with NEWtraStart™ feed as compared to finishing pigs fed the same diet without NEWtraStart™ feed [13]:

• Were 8 pounds heavier than control pigs at slaughter

• Demonstrated 2.4% better feed conversion

• Increased carcass merit with 53.2% lean versus 52.6% and 10 rib backfat of 0.70 inches versus 0.77

Finishing pigs


Phytogenics can be fed to finishing pigs as a supplement starting at 50 to 60 pounds. The inclusion of phytogenic feed ingredients can help promote gut health, feed efficiency and growth rates through the finishing phase.



NEWtraStart™ feed can be fed to sows through all stages, including gestation and lactation. The supplement can help maintain body condition score by promoting gut health and feed consumption.

Research showed sows fed diets with NEWtraStart™ feed as compared to sows fed the same diet without NEWtraStart™ feed [14]:

• Increased lactation feed intake by 7%

• Reduced weight loss in lactation by 35%

• Shortened open days post-weaning by 6%

• Increased litter weaning weight by 7%



[1]Windisch, K. Schedle, C. Plitzner and A. Kroismayr, 2008. Use of phytogenic products as feed additives for swine and poultry. J Anim Sci 86: E140-E148.

[2]P. Kim, K.H. Son, H.W. Chang and S.S. Kang, 2004. Antiinflammatory plant flavonoids and cellular action mechanisms.

[3]U.L. Hayden, S.M. McGuirk, S.E.H. West and H.V. Carey, 1998. Psyllium improves fecal consistency and prevents enhanced secretory responses in jejunal tissues of piglets infected with ETEC. Dig.Dis.Sci. 43:11, pp 2536-254.

[4]Delacon R&D, performed in Texas Farm.

[5]Zhong, M., Wu, D., Lin, Y. & Fang, Z., F. (2011). Phytogenic Feed Additive for Sows: Effects on Sow Feed Intake, Serum Metabolite Concentrations, IgG Level, Lysozyme Activity and Milk Quality. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, 802-810.

[6]EFSA, (2011). Scientific Opinion on the safety and efficacy of FRESTA® F for weaned piglets. EFSA Journal 2011, 9(4), 2139.

[7]Delacon R&D, Performed in Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

[8]Lan, X.R., li, T.S., & Kim, I., H. (2016). Effects of essential oils supplementation in different nutrient densities on growth performance, nutrient digestibility, blood characteristics and fecal microbial shedding in weaning pigs. Animal Feed Science and Technology, 214, 77–85.

[9]Gaetner, S. (2011). PhD Dissertation, Studies on effects of plant-based feed additives on digestive, microbiological and immunological parameters in weaned piglets. Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

[10]Zentek, J., Gaetner, S., Tedin, L., Maenner, K., Mader, A., & Vahjen, W. (2012). Fenugreek seed affects intestinal microbiota and immunological variables in piglets after weaning. British Journal of Nutrition, 109, 859–866.

[11]Vinyeta, E., Goerke, M., & van der Klis J.,D. (2015). 13th Digestive Physilogy of Pigs, Kliczków, Poland.

[12]Purina Commercial Feed Field Trial (No. FT 110N08), 2008.

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