Brad Klukas
Marshall,  MN 
United States
  • Booth: SV1704, SV1750, V325

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.

 Press Releases

  • Natural drench supports overall health and immunity after farrowing and other stress

    Pork producers now have a new tool to help support sow health immediately after farrowing. SOS, a natural oral drench from Ralco, is a blend of bioactives, a prebiotic and a strategic combination of essential oils that helps improve appetite by supporting healthy gut microflora and bacterial populations to encourage immune function and energy levels.

    “Pork producers know that strong feed consumption during lactation impacts a sow’s ability to support her current litter and directly correlates to how quickly she returns to estrus after weaning,” said Dr. Russell Fent, director of Ralco’s Swine Technical Group. “That’s why Ralco has introduced a novel approach to help sows get back on feed more quickly after farrowing. SOS has the potential to improve sows’ overall lifetime productivity.”

    Farrowing is a critical time for sows and their piglets, so it’s essential to get them back up and on feed as quickly as possible. In support of their commitment to animal health and farm profitability, Ralco is helping producers address this need in a manner that’s quick and supportive of the animal's overall wellness.

    One of the primary distinctions of the product is the application method. The sow drench is easy to use and can be applied quickly. By addressing sow stress immediately after farrowing, producers who tested the product saw an increase in feed intake behavior and decreased inflammatory issues in recently farrowed sows.

    “It takes less time to give it than it does to write it down on the cards,” said Katie Stambaugh, Operations Manager for Green Valley Swine in Seven Valleys, Penn., and one of the initial users of SOS. “It’s an easy process. I provide the oral drench to every sow after farrowing because I saw the positive response on our farm during the trial.”

    According to Stambaugh, she would have told you that she seldom had sows off of feed. When she started trialing the SOS product, she was simply looking for a product that would help her boost her sows’ overall health. But just by trialing the product, she was able to see how many sows were actually going off of feed after farrowing.

    “That 24 hours after farrowing is just as important as everything leading up to farrowing,” said Stambaugh. “With SOS, we’re seeing fewer overall fall behinds, and from a production perspective, healthier sows mean less time and labor required to address the needs of sows that aren’t performing.”

    By using a natural product to support a sow's immune response and help with intake, producers can also minimize their concerns with withdrawal times.

    “This new product is a culmination of our work over the years,” said Fent. “We’ve seen the success of these different components, and we knew there was an opportunity to use that experience to create a tool that would specifically impact sow health.”

    The Ralco team will be available with free samples of SOS in Booth V325 at this year’s World Pork Expo, June 8-11 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.


  • SOS™
    SOS™ is a natural oral drench containing bioactives and essential oils that gets sows back on feed fast and supports immunity and health during times of stress....

  • SOS Helps Overcome:

    • Stresses from farrowing

    • Poor appetite

    • Low energy status

    • Suppressed immune system

    • Mortality

    • Oxidative stress

    • Challenges associated with inflammation and fever

  • Dual Defender™
    Dual Defender® supports feed integrity and freshness while also supporting improved immune system efficiency. It contains the patent-pending synergistic combination of Microfused® oregano essential oil and Actifibe® Prebiotic....

  • Independent research has shown that Dual Defender reduced the impact of viruses such as PRRS, PEDv and other viruses of economic importance. 

    Dual Defender Benefits:

    • Supports feed integrity and freshness
    • Can support your biosecurity program
    • Supports improved immune system efficiency 
  • Regano® EX
    Regano® is the most trusted natural feed additive that helps pigs respond to stress by strengthening immunity and increasing available energy for performance all the way through production....

  • Regano Helps Overcome: 

    • Environment
    • Production 
    • Disease pressure
    • Poor appetite 
  • EnMAX®
    EnMAX® is a proprietary approach to swine diet formulation. EnMAX® diets use lower inclusion rates of soybean meal allowing for more low cost energy corn. This approach results in less waste in digestion and provides more energy for pigs at a lower cost....

  • EnMAX Benefits:

    • Highly digestible diets

    • Reduces reliance on soybean meal 

    • Minimizes wasted energy

    • Helps improve nutrient digestibility 

    • Reduces cost of production