Today more than ever, animals encounter a high number of external factors such as stress, pollutants, oxidants and pathogen microorganisms that contribute to the imbalance in their immune, nervous and digestive systems, resulting in particular, in a decrease in feed intake and feed conversion. During the regulation of these different systems, many biochemical reactions occur, where important ionic exchanges between water and molecules take place to allow a return of the cells to their original state of equilibrium.
SILICA+ has the ability to increase the energy potential of water, thereby promoting all the ionic exchanges that occur during biochemical reactions.
During the process of digestion, strong interactions between water, food, enzymes and various other components occur; SILICA+ acts as a catalyst for hydrolysis reactions responsible for the degradation of macromolecules into nutrients.
Added to the feed, SILICA+ allows greater nutrient absorption, weight gain and feed efficiency. It also contributes to restore the optimal health status of the digestive system of the animal.
A healthier environment
SILICA+ is insoluble in water and is therefore not absorbed through the intestinal wall of the animal. It is released externally where it contributes to the improvement of the natural bio restoration of the environment.
Reduction of ammonia emissions
Ammonia emissions come from the anaerobic degradation of proteins and amino acids present in the feces and in the urea.
Generally, in a storage system of liquid manure, the oxygen is soon consumed, resulting in multiplication of the anaerobic bacteria. During the process of decomposition of organic matter under anaerobic conditions, gases such as carbon dioxide, ammonia, sulfur containing compounds, volatile organic compounds (VOC) and methane are formed. These gases are the cause of bad odors associated with the storage of liquid manure.
In the presence of oxygen, another population of aerobic bacteria grows and converts the organic matter to carbon dioxide, water and microbial cells. This process gives off very little odor.
Thus, the amount of oxygen in the manure determines the type of bacteria and gases.
In manure, SILICA+ activates aerobic cycles and thus, limits the proliferation of anaerobic bacteria. This results in a reduction of gas emissions including ammonia and improved homogenization of manure stored in tanks.
Increasing the dissolved oxygen in the pond
The maintenance and proliferation of life is the result of a subtle balance between four essential atoms: nitrogen, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen; which combined together, form amino acids, basic building blocks of protein.
The water quality of aquaculture ponds is guaranteed by the so-called biological nitrogen cycle:
food (protein) – ammonia – nitrite – nitrate.
The biological cycle of nitrogen consumes oxygen which is used by microorganisms to oxidize organic matter but also to transform toxic substances such as ammonia and nitrite. Dissolved oxygen used comes from photosynthesis in plants, phytoplankton and the distribution with the atmosphere.
When there is excess food and waste, the quantity of required oxygen due to degradation increases. The consequence is the depletion of the oxygen in the environment, the proliferation of anaerobic microorganisms and the increase of the amount of toxic metabolites, such as ammonia, hydrogen sulphide and methane.
SILICA+ improves the oxygenation of the environment and thus, promotes optimal functioning of the nitrogen cycle.
SILICA+ is the only additive which acts specifically on the ionic exchange potential of water. Its action is complementary to that of all other additives used in animal nutrition. Studies have shown that SILICA+ allows the increase of the effect of certain additives commonly used in animal feed such as acidifiers and antibiotics, thus contributing to a more accurate and reasonable use of these.