Animal Nutrition

Vitamin A


Vitamin A is a proactive substance for the entire ectoderm, playing an important role in the development, protection, and regeneration of skin and mucous membranes.

A sufficiently high supply of vitamin A results in increased resistance to infectious diseases. It keeps the skin and mucous membranes healthy and works as an effective barrier against bacteria, viruses and parasites. Vitamin A influences the synthesis of important hormones in the ovaries and the adrenal cortex. It also has special importance for the growth, skeletal development, and fertility of animals. It is involved in regulating the metabolization of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. In young animals, it is particularly important for preventing growth disorders, while its epithelial protective function has great importance in older animals.

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Lutavit® A NXT

  • Superior bioavailability
  • High homogeneity
  • Outstanding stability in premix and feed
  • High degree of product consistency and traceability
  • Excellent flowability and resistancy to lump formation

Vitamin A Palmitate / Vitamin A Propionate

  • Highest global safety standards and regulatory requirements
  • High purity and stability
  • Outstanding sterility of our production
  • Convincing technical properties

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Vitamin A is necessary for maintaining body functions of all animal species. Thus, our vitamin A product portfolio covers all major species of livestock, companion animals as well as aquaculture. 


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Lutavit® A 500 Plus


Pigs, Poultry, Ruminants, Aquaculture, Pets

25 kg plastic bag


Lutavit® A 500 S NXT


Pigs, Poultry, Ruminants, Pets

25 kg bag in box


Lutavit® A 1000 NXT


Pigs, Poultry, Ruminants, Aquaculture, Pets

20 kg plastic bag


Vitamin A-Palmitate 1.7 Mio I.U./g (not stabilized)


Pigs, Poultry, Ruminants, Aquaculture, Pets

25 kg plastic bucket


Vitamin A-Palmitate 1.7 Mio I.U./g (stabilized)


Pigs, Poultry, Ruminants, Aquaculture, Pets

25 kg plastic bucket


Vitamin A-Palmitate 1.6 Mio I.U./g


Pigs, Poultry, Ruminants, Aquaculture, Pets

25 kg plastic bucket


Vitamin A-Propionate 2.5 Mio I.U./g


Pigs, Poultry, Ruminants, Aquaculture, Pets

25 kg plastic bucket


Our vitamin A formulations contain this essential nutrient in a biologically highly active form. To ensure good stability of the powdered products (Lutavit® A 1000 NXT, Lutavit® 1000/200 NXT, Lutavit® A 500 Plus), the retinol is esterified, stabilizing agents and antioxidants are added. The formulations are protected against vapor, pressure, and high temperatures during feed production and storage. Vitamin A from BASF also exhibits good flowability and is resistant to lump formation.


Vitamin A-Acetate

Pigs (per kg complete feed (88% dry matter))
Piglets, prestarter 15,000 – 20,000 I.U.
Piglets, starter 12,000 – 20,000 I.U.
Grower 10,000 – 12,000 I.U.
Finisher 8,000 – 10,000 I.U.
Breeding sows 16,000 – 20,000 I.U.
Breeding boars 12,000 – 20,000 I.U.
Poultry (per kg complete feed (88% dry matter))
Chickens, starter 12,000 – 15,000 I.U.
Chickens, pullets 8,000 – 10,000 I.U.
Laying hens 8,000 – 12,000 I.U.
Breeding hens 12,000 – 15,000 I.U.
Broilers 8,000 – 12,000 I.U.
Turkeys, starter 10,000 – 14,000 I.U.
Turkeys, grower 8,000 – 12,000 I.U.
Turkeys, finisher 8,000 – 12,000 I.U.
Turkeys, breeding animals 12,000 – 15,000 I.U.
Ducks/geese 10,000 – 13,000 I.U.
Ruminants and horses (per animal and day)
Calves, milk replacers (per kg feed) 20,000 – 25,000 I.U.
Cows, breeding 30,000 – 50,000 I.U.
Beef bulls 40,000 – 70,000 I.U.
Dairy cows 80,000 – 140000 I.U.
Sheep/goats 4,000 – 8,000 I.U.
Foals (per 100 kg live weight per day) 10,000 – 12,000 I.U.
Saddle horses (per 100 kg live weight per day) 6,000 – 8,000 I.U.
Racing horses and breeding horses (per 100 kg live weight per day)

12,000 – 15,000 I.U.


Pets and fish (per kg complete feed (88% dry matter))
Dogs 8,000 – 12,000 I.U.
Cats 15,000 – 20,000 I.U.
Rabbits 8,000 – 12,000 I.U.
Minks 8,000 – 12,000 I.U.
Cold water fish 7,000 – 9,000 I.U.
Warm water fish 8,000 – 10,000 I.U.
Shrimps 10,000 – 12,000 I.U.


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Photo Dr. Wolf Pelletier

Dr. Wolf Pelletier, BASF SE, Germany

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