Science & Solutions No. 60 - Swine

Managing gut performance challenges

Pigs in intensive production systems face many challenges that deserve to be managed carefully because of the greater genetic potential of highly prolific sows and the high levels of lean meat production during the fattening period.

There is a lot of pressure on feed conversion due to the limited accessibility to affordable and fresh feed ingredients, and from pathogenic and environmental stressors or toxins such as mycotoxins and endotoxins. To overcome these challenges, many countries have started to regulate antibiotic and feed additive usage because of potential risks to human health or environmental contamination.
Endotoxins are released during the replication or lysis of bacteria. In healthy animals, the gut acts as a barrier to endotoxins entering the blood. Yet in times of environmental, nutritional or metabolic stress, gut permeability can increase, allowing endotoxins to enter the blood stream, weakening the immune system and impairing animal performance. Pigs are continuously exposed to endotoxins throughout their lives.
In this issue of Science & Solutions, we keep you naturally ahead by sharing three articles containing different management tips on how to maximize feed conversion through establishing a stronger health status and higher body condition score at the early stage of the pig’s life, as well as enhancing gut protection by adding selective feed additives to swine diets.
Industrial conditions are not always favorable for the production of high-quality pork that converts into high profits to producers. This edition of Science & Solutions provides you with a scientific and practical view, continuing our emphasis on natural and sustainable ways to help producers improve livestock productivity and profitability.

Enjoy reading this issue of Science & Solutions, keeping you naturally informed.

In this issue

Are You Managing Your Endotoxin Risk?
Endotoxins are released during the replication or lysis of bacteria. In healthy animals, the gut acts as a barrier to endotoxins entering the blood. Yet in times of environmental, nutritional or metabolic stress, gut permeability can increase, allowing endotoxins to enter the blood stream, weakening the immune system and impairing animal performance. Mycofix® included in the diet can combat the negative impact of endotoxins.

Guarantee Swine Herd Success By Following These 10 Management Tips
Piglets and sows are the two most important groups of animals in a swine herd. Follow these 10 tips to help get the most from your herd.

Can Antibiotic Growth Promoters Be Replaced With Phytogenic Feed Additives?
Increasing consumer demand and regulatory pressures mean many swine feed formulations no longer include antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs). Unless AGPs are replaced with a suitable alternative, a performance gap might open up due to energy being used to fight pathogenic challenges rather than for growth. Phytogenic feed additives have anti-inflammatory properties, making them a viable alternative.

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