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Maxi-Gen Plus from Canadian Bio-Systems signals new era of livestock feed

Posted: January 21, 2013

Pork and poultry producers have an innovative new option to enhance livestock feeding and capture the benefits of a natural way to profitability.

Maxi-Gen Plus from Canadian Bio-Systems Inc. (CBS Inc.) - now available in both the U.S. and Canada - is a unique formulation that delivers a range of productivity and performance benefits, while offering a viable alternative to traditional growth promoting products. The product, which features a rich source of conditionally essential nutrients for young animals, is showcased this week at the Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines and around the upcoming International Poultry Exhibition in Atlanta.

"Maxi-Gen Plus is a powerful tool to support livestock performance and improve the profitability of producers," says Owen Jones, CBS Inc. president. "It represents a new option in the marketplace that is designed to fit well with the changing demands on today's pork and poultry industries."

Research conducted with Maxi-Gen Plus shows multi-benefits. 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.

"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."

The results with Maxi-Gen Plus are dramatic and reflect its unique position in the marketplace, says Patterson. "The product is highly concentrated in its beneficial components, which allows for lower inclusion levels, which improves cost efficiency for producers."

Research conducted by CBS Inc. in partnership with the University of Manitoba showcase the potential. One recent trial conducted with young pigs compared a diet with Maxi-Gen Plus to a traditional medicated diet. The classic designed study with 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."

A separate young pigs trial comparing these two diets showed the 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.

Started in 1984, Canadian Bio-Systems is a world-wide pioneer in developing innovative products for livestock feed and other uses, backed by strong research and technical support. Wilbur-Ellis is a key distribution partner for Maxi-Gen Plus in the U.S. More information on the company and its products is available at www.canadianbio.com.