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Novus to present bis-chelated organic trace minerals impact during JRP

REUS, SPAIN (January 28, 2021) – Due to the current health situation, the annual Scientific Congress on Swine, Les Journées de la Recherche Porcine, will proceed this year in a completely different way, and Novus International, Inc. will be there.

The Journées de la Recherche Porcine (JRP) traditionally held in-person event in Paris is going to be virtual this year. The Organizing Committee decided to change the format of the 2021 edition to ensure accessibility to the greatest number of people in the best conditions. The virtual congress will take place over 4 days. The researchers’ interventions will be presented every afternoon. After the broadcast of each presenter, the session will host live Q&A sessions. Besides, there will be a virtual posters exhibition open to all participants, who will be able to contact with the author directly to discuss.

Novus returns to JRP to present the latest scientific findings in sow nutrition. Concretely, a poster on how bis-chelated organic trace elements impact on piglet growth and development through changes in gene expression will be presented. With this study, Novus presents these key findings and demonstrates the impact on piglet gut health and muscle growth from sows that were fed with MINTREX®. “Chelated trace elements help to modulate histone acetylation, an important mechanism of epigenetics. They also influence gene expression of inflammation in the gut and muscle hypertrophy”, explained Mireille Huard, Senior Technical Services Manager.

On the other hand, Mireille Huard, will present a review on “Role of nutrition on sow lameness”. “If the causes of lameness are well known, the way to measure it can be improved, and the use of serum biomarkers could be a useful tool for prediction”, states Mireille Huard. This review will present also two trials performed with sows fed MINTREX® in replacement of inorganic trace elements and their positive effect on locomotion problems.

Finally, Roberto Barea, Technical Service Manager Swine - South Europe explains that “during the last years, scientific studies and field trials have demonstrated a superior sow reproduction performance and development of the progeny when using MINTREX® trace minerals”. Today, these results can be partially explained by the epigenetic effect, that contributes with an improvement of the gut health and skeletal muscle growth in progeny piglets by modulation of gene expression. Moreover, trace minerals play an important role in bone formation and maintaining skeletal integrity. Interestingly, MINTREX® decreases locomotion issues compared to sows fed inorganic trace minerals. This reduction suggests that supplying more bioavailable trace minerals is beneficial not only for skeletal and joint health of the sow, but also providing important managerial and economic benefits to the farm.

The Journées de la Recherche Porcine, organized by INRAE et IFIP, is one of the world’s largest annual swine congress. The person event joins more than 450 participants from 15 countries.

The poster and oral communication will be available at: https://www.ifip.asso.fr/fr/inscription-53eme-jrp


Novus International, Inc. is a leader in scientifically developing, manufacturing and commercializing animal health and nutrition solutions for the agriculture industry. Novus’s portfolio includes ALIMET® and MHA® feed supplements, MINTREX® chelated trace minerals, CIBENZA® enzyme feed additives, NEXT ENHANCE® feed additive, ACTIVATE® nutritional feed acid, and other specialty ingredients. Novus is privately owned by Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Nippon Soda Co., Ltd. Headquartered in Saint Charles, Missouri, U.S.A., Novus serves customers around the world. For more information, visit www.novusint.com.

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