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Since 1971, Ralco has used patented approaches in essential oils, energy maximizing diets and microbial processes to ensure pigs keep energy focused on production versus fighting off challenges and waste.

 Msg #4367: Press Releases

  • Research published in the July 2020 issue of Transboundary and Emerging Diseases stated that feeding Ralco’s Dual Defender™ feed additive prevented clinical signs of disease and mortality in pigs challenged with several viruses including Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus (PRRSV 174), and Senecavirus A (SVA). The research study was conducted by Dr. Scott Dee, Director of Research for Pipestone Research, LLC.

    The role of animal feed as a vehicle for transmission of viral diseases was first identified during the emergence of PEDv in 2013.1 Since then, many feed additives have been studied at the laboratory level to mitigate viruses but not at the animal level to show true performance.

    “Our goal in conducting this study was to provide a natural solution for swine producers to protect their herd from viruses, especially with the latest potential threat of African Swine Fever,” said Dr. Jessica Fox, Director of Veterinary Services and Biosecurity for Ralco. “Feed risk mitigation through additives is a new layer of biosecurity that producers can use to safeguard their feed and defend their herd.”

    “This research model was the perfect opportunity to validate our product in a viral feed challenge setting that mirrored commercial production,” said Dr. Fox.

    Research Details The new research was led by Dr. Dee and supported by Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research, and Swine Health Information Center. There has never been a project of this magnitude, with this size and scope, to help producers evaluate products to protect their herd against potential viral challenges in feed.

    The results of the study showed that pigs fed Dual Defender remained free of PRRSV and SVA infection and clinical signs were not detected. In addition, no clinical signs of PEDv were observed.

    Pigs fed Dual Defender overall had significantly greater average daily gain, significantly lower clinical signs and infection levels, and numerically lower mortality rates compared to non-supplemented controls.

    Dual Defender performed extremely well in this research project. It stands out for its natural approach and low inclusion rate,” concluded Dr. Fox.

    Product details

    Dual Defender is NEXUS™ formulated with a patent-pending combination of phytonutrients that are specifically chosen for viral inactivation properties, ability to support immune system efficiency and capability to shift the intestinal microbial populations to reduce impact of secondary pathogens.

    Ralco pioneered the mainstream use of phytonutrients for animal health and nutrition over 20 years ago. “Our expertise in phytonutrients is what gave us the ability to formulate this product,” said Dr. Fox. "By using our NEXUS formulation strategy, we were able to match up the precise phytonutrient properties to support the immune system and reduce the impact of viral challenges.”

    Ultimately, Dual Defender gives swine producers another tool in their biosecurity toolbox,” said Dr. Fox. “Now producers can have a natural, safe, easy-to-handle product that they can add to their overall biosecurity program.”

    References 1. Dee SA, Niederwerder MC, Edler R, et al. An evaluation of additives for mitigating the risk of virus-contaminated feed using an ice-block challenge model. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. 2020;00:1–13.

    About RALCO Ralco is a third-generation family-owned multinational company with distribution in more than 40 countries. Ralco is a leading global provider of natural solutions to maximize nutrient conversion in plants and animals. Learn more at

    For more information about Ralco contact:

    Glenn Bader

    (507) 337-6867

 Msg #4368: Products

  • EnMAX®
    EnMAX® is a proprietary formulation approach that reduces the dependency on expensive soybean meal while maximizing energy from low-cost corn....

  • By looking at nutrients differently, Ralco understands the true nutrient requirements of pigs. For example, pigs don’t have protein requirements; they have amino acid requirements. EnMAX diets work by utilizing the combination of net energy formulation, purified amino acids and supplemental enzymes to waste less energy in digestion and release more nutrients for improved gain and feed efficiency.


    • Improved average daily gain
    • Improved average daily feed intake
    • Less water consumption from less protein
    • Decreased nutrient supplementation
  • Regano® EX Dry
    Regano EX® Dry is the most trusted natural feed additive to support specific health challenges. It contains patented Microfused® oregano and thyme white essential oils....


    • Helps pigs overcome stress events 
    • Supports immunity 
    • Helps improve piglet growth from wean-to-finish


    • Microfused® Essential Oils Technology


    Mix at the following rate per ton of feed: Sows & Boars 0.5-1.0 lb.; Nursery 1.0-2.0 lbs.; Growers & Finishers 0.5-1.0 lb.


    • 25 lb. Jug
    • 35 lb. Bag
    • Bulk
  • Dual Defender™
    Dual Defender™ supports feed integrity and freshness while also supporting improved immune system efficiency. Independent research has shown that Dual Defender reduced the impact of viruses such as PRRS, PEDv and other viruses of economic importance...


    • Supports feed integrity and freshness
    • Supports improved immune system efficiency
    • Can support your feed biosecurity program


    • Microfused® Essential Oils Technology
    • Actifibe® Prebiotic Technology 


    Mix at the rate of 2 lbs. per ton with other ingredients to make a complete feed.


    40 lb. Bag

  • Tactical Start®
    Tactical Start® nursery nutrition is a proprietary program designed to help consistently deliver more full-market-value pigs and increase performance in the finishing barn....

  • Nursery diets are formulated to get pigs on feed quickly and support lightweight opportunity pigs, so they aren’t left behind. Tactical Start focuses on driving early intake, providing ultra-complex, easily digestible diets and matching digestive capacity to help bring more uniform, full-value pigs to market.


    • Helps increase uniformity and gain throughout production
    • Helps reduce mortality, culls and lightweight pigs
    • Supports nursery and finishing efficiency
    • Helps bring more full-market-value pigs to market


    • Tactical Start® Formulation
    • Purified Amino Acids


    After consultation with a nutritionist, customized diets are built specific for your operation and your goals. Diets will utilize Ralco premixes to deliver technologies that enable the innovative formulation to perform.


    • Starter pellets 50 lb. Bag
    • Premix available in bags, totes or bulk
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