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How probiotic bacteria provide reactive gut support

BACTOCELL is a feed additive based on a live lactic acid bacteria (Pediococcus acidilacticiCNCM I-4622 which has been used for more than 25 years as a probiotic in animal nutrition. It is authorised for use in all avian species (laying hens and minor avian species, such as ducks), in swine (fattening pigs) as well as in aquaculture, in fish and shrimp.


BACTOCELL DRINK is s a homofermentative bacteria selected for its ability to convert non-digestible complex carbohydrates into L+ lactic acid.

It can survive throughout the gut and plays an important role in microbiota balance, intestinal system maturity, and digestive efficiency.

BACTOCELL DRINK can be used in organic production under regulation (EC) No 2018/848.

Why it matters

In the context of maintaining animal health to reduce the use of antibiotics and other interventions, BACTOCELL DRINK is a good tool to support your management strategy. 

  • It supports your birds’ natural defences during stress points
  • It improves performance and boosts your economic returns
  • It is soluble and stable in drinking water up to 5ppm chlorine dioxide

A trial with Sensehub Poultry on a Herefordshire unit has shown how BACTOCELL Drink can benefit broilers during stress periods.

How it works

BACTOCELL DRINK has four levels of action to support good gut function: 

  • It allows complex nutrient conversion that results in better utilisation of non-digestible fractions of the feed 
  • By enhancing lactic acid bacteria, it favours commensal positive bacteria (Lactobacillus
  • It supports the optimal development and function of the intestinal epithelial barrier
  • It reinforces the animal’s natural defences 

In Poultry

The use of BACTOCELL DRINK, a recognised probiotic bacteria, supports: 

  • A balanced microbiota, which helps limit digestive troubles 
  • Optimal zootechnical performance and farm profitability 
  • Better litter quality from improved dropping quality and feed utilisation 
  • Vaccine uptake and gut resilience during times of stress 
  • Optimal laying performance, enabling a more persistent laying rate and exported egg mass 
  • A good quality egg through better eggshell strength and, therefore, a lower number of downgraded eggs 

Also, it provides easily visible benefits to day-to-day farm management, including improved feathering quality and droppings. These are indicators of overall good health in birds. 

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Packaging and formulation

BACTOCELL DRINK is specifically formulated for use through the drinking water for short treatment periods covering critical stress points such as:

  • around vaccination
  • feed changes
  • reaching peak-of-lay
  • after antibiotic treatment
  • appearance of sudden wet droppings

Shelf life and composition of the product are guaranteed for 24 months from the date of production when stored in a cool and dry place in its original, unopened packaging.

Published Jun 4, 2024 | Updated Jul 23, 2024