What are the benefits of using a blend of inorganic and organic acids?
Inorganic acids are the most powerful acids for lowering pH however they do not show any direct bactericidal effects. Organic acids are less effective at lowering the pH but they have lower molecular weights and therefore can cross the bacterium’s outer membrane which effects the proper functioning of the bacteria. Using multiple organic acids at a time ensures that the pH is lowered in various areas of the animal’s GI tract rather than in one specific area. By using a blended product of inorganic and organic acids such as Jefacid we can economically reduce and stabilize the pH while providing pathogen control.
How much will it cost and what type of return can I expect to see?
As with any acidifier, the amount required will vary depending on the water quality at the farm. Typically producers require 100-200mL of Jefacid per 1000L of drinking water to lower the pH to 6.5. Average cost is $0.0475 to $0.095 per pig. In a study conducted by Novus International pigs that were given a blend of organic acids in the water showed a 13% improvement in weight when leaving the nursery compared to the control group. In a second trial conducted by Novus the control group and blended acid group had similar entry and exit weights but the medication costs in the blended acid group were reduced by 75%.