Vi-COR, yeast culture

February 18, 2011 11:52 ET

Microbiologist & Immunologist for Yeast Culture Manufacturer Vi-COR® Presents Research Results at VIV Asia International Livestock Conference

MASON CITY, IA--(Marketwire - February 18, 2011) - Sangita Jalukar, Ph.D. of Vi-COR®, a manufacturer of specialized yeast culture products for poultry, swine and dairy feed, will be a presenter at Asian Pig Veterinary Society Congress, held in conjunction with VIV Asia, March 7-11, 2011 in Thailand. Jalukar, a microbiologist and immunologist, will present the results of university research in which Vi-COR's Bg-Max® and Celmanax® yeast-based products were added to swine diets. In both trials, Vi-COR products provided health benefits to pigs.

In a research trial conducted by the University of Kentucky's Department of Animal and Food Science, Celmanax was added to the diets of sows and their weaned pigs. Celmanax is a unique product made of yeast culture and hydrolyzed yeast cell walls and offers many beneficial complex carbohydrates. As a result of including Celmanax in gestation, lactation and nursery diets, the average piglet weight increased by 1,860 grams by the end of the nursery phase. "The implication of this study is that supplementing the diets of sows and nursery pigs with Celmanax can result in heavier pigs all the way through the nursery phase," explains Jalukar. "The end benefit to the producer is fewer days for pigs to reach slaughter weight and improved profitability."

In another trial, researchers at China Agricultural University explored the effect of Vi-COR's Bg-Max on weanling pigs. Bg-Max is a yeast-based feed conditioning agent that offers health benefits to many different species, especially weaned piglets. "With more and more countries moving away from antibiotics, there is an urgent need to find an alternative for improving pig health and performance," says Jalukar. The research trial concluded that Bg-Max has the potential to improve growth performance and reduce the occurrence of diarrhea in weaned piglets compared to an antibiotic growth promoter.

Since entering the yeast industry in 1990, Vi-COR has focused on research and development of innovative products. Visitors to the company's web site,, can learn about research trials involving dairy, poultry, beef and swine. In addition to research and innovative products, Vi-COR also emphasizes education. Milk To The Max is the company's free bilingual education program for customers. The program has been especially beneficial to dairy producers with somatic cell count issues.

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