Bavaria Offers Natural Antimicrobial Option in Livestock

Jamie JohansenAgribusiness, Animal Health, Antibiotics, Livestock

The danger of overuse of antibiotics to promote growth in livestock has become a major concern to farmers, health workers, scientists and the general public. One solution is found in nature. Organosulphured compounds in plants in the Allium family, such as garlic and onions, have natural antimicrobial activity that provides benefits comparable to antibiotics without the risk they pose.

Bavaria Corp.’s new product, GOL, is a standardized and stabilized pool of these organosulphured molecules. Added to feed or water GOL improves intestinal health, helps maintain feed consumption and reduces diarrhea during infectious events. GOL also aids in controlling Coccidiosis and increases transference of immunoglobulin G from parent to offspring thus maintaining overall health, increasing weight gain and lowering veterinary expenses.

GOL’s mode of action is through thiosulphnates that are the most active of the organosulphured compounds found in Allium plants. These small molecules are very reactive and have a high affinity for enzymes that affect cell membrane integrity, especially Cystein proteinases. This mechanism explains why thiosulphnates are effective in controlling parasites, fungi, and bacteria.

GOL provides an economical and natural alternative to antibiotics for swine, ruminants and poultry.