Short-chain fatty acids for intestinal health
Short-chain fatty acids for intestinal health

Goat kids are basically born sterile: they are free from bacteria. In the intestines, one of the most important organs of any animal, gastrointestinal microbiota still needs to develop. Gut flora consists of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of different types of bacteria that contribute to the growth, development and immunity of the animal. Capron Plus, new from Arts Food Products, promotes ‘good’ bacteria growth within the intestinal flora, improving every kid’s rates of growth and development.

Intestinal flora
An important aspect in the development of intestinal flora is to provide resistance against harmful and pathogenic bacteria. A constant battle between good bacteria such as bifido and lactobacillus bacteria (important for healthy intestinal flora) and pathogenic microorganisms such as E. coli (diarrhoea) and the parasite eimeria (coccidiosis), is being fought within the gut. Good bacteria thrives best in a somewhat acidic environment, while harmful bacteria prefer neutral to alkali surroundings. Through the type of feed and correct management, a farmer can ensure that the number of good bacteria in a kid’s intestinal flora overwhelms that of pathogenic bacteria.

Fatty acids
Arts Food Products analysed the fatty acid composition of goat colostrum and goat milk and found a relatively high concentration of short-chain and medium-long-chain fatty acids which is significantly lacking in current goat kid feeds. With new Capron Plus, those fatty acids and prebiotics, along with other important ingredients, have been combined into a single product.

The advantages of short-chain fatty acids are:
1. Increased acidity in the intestines.
2. Increased good bacteria growth at the expense of pathogenic bacteria and fungal spore growth.
3. Increased intestinal wall health and strength.
4. Short-chain fatty acids are an immediate source of energy for the kid.

The prebiotics present in Capron Plus are a source of nutrition for the good bacteria within the gut. This improves its growth and development, at the same time overwhelming the populations of pathogenic bacteria to such an extent that they are unable to take over and cause illness.

Good bacteria causes the formation of a mucous membrane (mucosa) against the inside of the intestinal wall. This layer of mucus further protects the animal against penetration of pathogenic bacteria, while protecting the intestinal wall against the development of inflammatory processes.

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