Newsletter September 2019
Super Tonic ®
Reg. No.: V28454 (Act 36 of 1947)
The solution for growth stimulation in broilers and egg production support in layers
Super Tonic® is a liquid emulsion nutritional supplement that contains all the important amino acids, water- and fat-soluble vitamins
and minerals for the correction of any nutritional deficiency that the birds might have. Nutritional deficiencies will typically
occur when 1) gut health is poor due to necrotic enteritis, 2) gut inflammation and irritation, 3) poor quality raw materials are
used by the feed supplier, 4) when rations are changed or 5) during stress and harsh (hot and cold) weather conditions.
Super Tonic® contains the complete range of the all-important B-complex vitamins. The B-complex vitamins consists of 8
individual vitamins that play an important role in metabolic functions. Most important is the role B-vitamins play in
energy and protein metabolism and synthesis, thus having a direct impact on feeding activity, growth rate, feed conversion, egg
production and embryo quality in breeder eggs. Apart from Vitamin B 12 , the B complex vitamins are water- soluble therefore they
are not stored to any significant extent in the body and are therefore required in the diet daily. The following is a summary of the
important B-vitamins impacting on growth and energy.
B1 (Thiamine): Necessary to stimulate the appetite and form part of digestion enzymes. They are important in carbohydrate
metabolism and deficiency symptoms include weight loss, ruffled feathers, dropped wings and muscle paralysis
B2 (Riboflavin): Allows oxygen to be used by the body and plays a role in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism. Birds are very
sensitive to riboflavin deficiency and this is the symptom most seen commercially. Deficiency symptoms include diarrhoea,
curled-toe syndrome, paralysis in the first two weeks and walking on the hocks. Decreased egg production, an increased
embryonic mortality and death in shell chicks are characteristics of a deficiency in adult birds.
B6 (Pyridoxine): Plays an important role in protein, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism; forms a part of several enzyme systems; and is a
muscle conditioner. Deficiency symptoms include weakness, poor growth, ruffled feathers and loss of appetite. Jerky movements and
spasms are also observed in affected birds
B12 (Cobalamin): Plays a role in protein synthesis within the body. Also important for nucleic acid synthesis and carbohydrate and fat
metabolism. Deficiency symptoms include reduced feed intake, slowed growth and poor feed conversion. Laying flocks show reduced production
and egg weight with low hatchability.
At a dosing rate of 2 litres per 1,000 litres, Super Tonic® will supply 60 % – 120 % of the daily requirement of the B-complex
vitamins and at a rate of 3 – 4 litres per 1,000 litres water Super Tonic will supply more than 200 % of the daily requirement
of the all-important B vitamins.
When to use Super Tonic®?
Super Tonic® can be used to compensate for fluctuating levels of vitamins found naturally in food and therefore ensure
adequate levels of all vitamins. Use Super Tonic® for three to five days consecutively when poor growth or low feeding activity is
observed and for prevention during periods of vaccination, bird movement, feed ration change and disease and general stress
periods. Super Tonic® can be used for egg- laying birds to support egg production and improve embryo quality.