Evonik introduces inflammation-reducing additive for pigs, hens and cows


In Germany, specialty chemicals maker Evonik has launched a plant-based feed additive to reduce inflammation in sows, laying hens and dairy cows.

Dubbed PhytriCare® IM, the additive consists of selected plant extracts with high flavonoid content and was developed in collaboration with Dr. Eckel Animal Nutrition. The launch is particularly timely, given the recent bans on prophylactic antibiotic use by farmers looking to keep livestock healthy and productive.

“Healthy animals are in the interest of us all,” says Dr. Gaetano Blanda, head of the Animal Nutrition business line at Evonik. “The farmer benefits from higher productivity, and the consumer can enjoy meat, eggs, or dairy products safe in the knowledge it is coming from healthy animals.”

PhytriCare® IM is already available in the EU, and the approval process has begun in other countries.

The additive is being sold by Evonil’s Animal Nutrition unit as part of its Gut Health Solutions portfolio.