Encapsulation technology is one of Balchem’s core businesses. Unlike monogastric animals, ruminants are characterised by a more complex digestive tract and therefore their nutrition presents greater difficulties. In fact, the rumen environment can degrade some nutrients including Choline, Lysine, Methionine and Niacin. Balchem’s patented encapsulation technology allows the nutrients mentioned above to move beyond the rumen, allowing them to pass through into the intestines and consequently be absorbed.
The key to developing an effective encapsulate is to create a product that is not only resistant to rumen degradation, but is also able to release the active ingredient in the intestine so that it can be absorbed by the animal. The combination of rumen and intestinal availability is defined as the bioavailability of a protected rumen product, a concept that expresses the true quality of an encapsulated product.