What is Detach™?

Detach™ is a modified release formulation of BromelainRx, a natural extract from pineapple stems.

It is formulated with various ingredients to allow oral administration and its efficient delivery to the small intestine.

Detach™ has already been proven to be effective in treating diarrhoea in pigs, known as scour, and may also be used in other farm livestock such as calves and chickens.

Market need

Anti-microbial resistance, or antibiotic resistance, is a serious global health problem, and an urgent solution is required to reduce the use of antibiotics in stockfeed.

It is well understood that the more that disease-causing bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, the harder it will be to treat diseases.

Anatara’s DetachTM meets an urgent and unmet need for effective alternatives to antibiotics.

As consumers become more concerned about their food and its impact on their health, alternatives to antibiotics can provide the livestock industry with a competitive advantage in its marketing to consumers.

The active ingredient in DetachTM, BromelainRx, is already approved for human use, and has an extensive safety record.

About Scour and the impact of Detach™ on scour

Scour affects hundreds of millions of pigs and other farm animals around the world, impacting on their growth, and adversely impacting farming economics, through reduced meat production yields.

In clinical trials in several thousand piglets on commercial farms, a single, oral dose of Detach™ reduced scour and scour-related death, reduced the requirement for antibiotics, and increased weight gains without the need for changes to on-farm management practices.

For more information about Detach™ and its mode of action, please visit the Technology section of this website.

Detach™ in the field

Detach™ has demonstrated efficacy in clinical trials involving more than 6,000 piglets on multiple Australian commercial pig farms, where it reduced scour and scour-related death, improved weight gains and reduced the requirement for antibiotic use (see below).  The results from these trials were analysed by the CSIRO using an AusPig computer program and were published in this article, in Milne’s Pork Journal, a leading world pig industry journal. The analysis indicated that Detach™ provided an economic benefit of 45% improvement in net revenue per pig or $5.26 per pig*.

In 2012, Anatara completed successful field studies in Europe on commercial pig farms and demonstrated that a new formulation of Detach™ is as effective as it was in 1991. In one recent trial Detach™ improved feed conversion ratios by up to 33%, when compared with piglets treated with colistin (an antibiotic) added to feed.

Summary of Detach™ field trials conducted in 1991

Trial Summary Pre-weaner
No. of trials 11 8
No. of piglets 4,752 1,409
Reduction in mortality 42.4% 41%
Reduction in antibiotic use 67.4% 31%
Average daily weight gain 12.7% 8.6%
$ Benefit per 100 head $526* $299

Detach™ development

Anatara plans to develop Detach™ for pigs in Australia and then expand the program to Europe and the US.

Anatara plans to conduct field trials on commercial pig farms in Australia in the 2014 calendar year, with field trials in Europe next year.

The use of Detach™ in other animals, such as calves and chickens, will also be evaluated.