2-Vinylpyridine in Animal Nutrition

2-Vinylpyridine is used as a nutrient protectant in animal feed for beef and dairy cattle. 

2-Vinylpyridine is a reactive monomer and once polymerized, the nitrogen is less exposed/accessible than its counterpart, 4-Vinylpyridine. It can be copolymerized with many other monomers, in particular cationic monomers, such as acrylamide, acrylates, and also with other vinyl-based monomers (e.g. styrene). The benefit of the addition of a 6-membered heterocyclic moiety is the increased Van der Waals forces which impart better electrostatic forces to the finished polymer, improving adhesion.

Vinylpyridines provide a unique set of properties to wide range of applications due to good thermal stability, chemical stability, mild basicity, mild pH trigger, and compatibility with most polymerization techniques.


Nutrient Protectant in Animal Feed

2-Vinylpyridne is used as a nutrient protectant in animal feed for beef and dairy cattle. When used as feed additive, 2-Vinylpyridine provides rumen-stability to methionine and lysine, followed by dispersion of these nutrients in the abomasum of the cow, allowing for absorption through the intestine. Protecting nutrients from breakdown as they pass though the multiple stomach compartments of the cow promotes a more efficient and cost-effective nutrient program.


Typical Properties

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Values shown in the above table are typical properties.

Application Highlights

Feed Additive

Protects nutrients from degradation

Animal Nutrition

Increased nutrient absorption for beef and dairy cattle 

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