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Effective support for piglet-specific issues
Piglet management is key to swine performance. Find solutions that work specifically for your situation.
to increase farm profitability
Post-weaning doesn’t have to be hard. Maintaining piglet health and well-being is crucial throughout this stage. With EW Nutrition’s solutions, customized for your specific issues, farm, and region, you take early, targeted action to support optimal piglet performance.
What is your piglets’ biggest challenge?
Weaning compromises piglet physiology and performance. We support producers in minimizing these negative effects by focusing on various pieces of the puzzle: nutrition, biosecurity, pathogenic control, water quality and more.
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Focus on several factors for a successful pig enterprise
The success of a pig enterprise depends on different factors: quality of raw materials, health status, management and environmental control (including biosecurity). The better you do with all these factors, the lower the chances for piglets to develop major intestinal disturbances, especially during post-weaning – and the better will the piglets perform.
Antimicrobials such as AGPs and ZnO are normally only hiding some of our own mistakes. Still, replacing them is not easy and does not rely on one factor alone. There are definite advances in our knowledge of the immune system, in the usage of existing or new vaccines, in knowledge about farm management and animal nutrition. We need to combine these advances with better knowledge of fermentation, from carbohydrates or protein, and with usage of appropriate raw materials. This aggregated knowledge is for now the only tool at our disposal to keep piglets healthy during the nursery stage.
ZnO might increase the risk of bacterial resistance
The administration of zinc oxide at therapeutic concentrations in diets for weaned piglets can reduce post-weaning problems due to E. coli infections. However, zinc is a heavy metal and can accumulate in the soil. Apart from the ecotoxicity, zinc oxide might also increase the risk for bacterial resistance development against certain antibiotics.
From June 2022 onwards, the use of zinc oxide as a veterinary medicinal product will be banned in the EU, and alternative control measures should be used. These include vaccination against E. coli, optimization of management, housing, biosecurity and hygiene, quality of drinking water, and various nutritional measures related to feed composition and stimulation of feed intake.
Feeding strategies & farm management for healthy piglets
A key to the creation of post-weaning diarrhea is poor or no feed intake at weaning, resulting in collapse of the stomach acids and small intestine villae height and crypt depth and undigested protein entering the large bowel. We therefore have to maintain the feed intake post-weaning. This can only be achieved by accepting the reality that pigs pre-weaning are restricted feed animals led by their mother. As we wean immature animals, they need to be trained to become adlib feeders through the hard work of stockpeople.
If this is achieved, feed intake in the week post-weaning can be maintained at 300g/day vs zero (in some cases). We can support the pig through this phase with feed additives. And, very importantly: do not underestimate the role of stockmanship.
Zinc oxide and the immune system
A Zn deficiency has been correlated with a higher risk of infections, and a lower control of intestinal inflammation.
The announced short-term ban on ZnO has produced significant impact and concern in the livestock and veterinary sector, forcing us to devise new ways to induce improvements in the digestive and immune functions of weaned piglets. Among the different approaches to solving this problem, promising results are being obtained by adjusting the composition of the diet or using organic acids, identical natural compounds, extracts rich in polyphenols, prebiotics and probiotics, all with a known effect on the immune system.
Efficient. Effective. Customized.
While pigs have a very high growth rate and meat yield under good management, they also have a number of specific issues.
During the early stages of life, immature immune and enzymatic systems are causes of concern. They are prone to dysbiosis and, as a consequence, diarrhea. This can be a harm in the life performance of this animals. As they grow, they commonly face other challenges, such as respiratory issues, that can compromise feed intake and performance.
If mortality occurs, the impact to your business profitability is very high. It is essential to give your animals a good start in life and to keep them under preventive care throughout the lifecycle.
With EW Nutrition’s customized solutions, you can place your animals’ care in expert hands.
Gut health, an essential component of performance
Pigs’ gut health and balance is essential to production performance.
To mitigate challenges to swine gut health, EW Nutrition’s Gut Health Management – Antibiotic Reduction program provides a holistic approach. This offers swine producers effective solutions to improve performance, reduce the need for antibiotics, and thus increase predictable profitability.
Reduce bacterial toxin & mycotoxin risks
As with most health and welfare issues, the best approach to manage the risk of endo- and mycotoxins is to implement an integrated strategy. This includes preventive feed practices, good crop and grain storage, endotoxin mitigation, as well as monitoring toxin risks.
EW Nutrition’s Toxin Risk Management Program has been developed to assist in both ongoing or seasonal risks. With a holistic, integrated solution, your animals can reach a higher level of performance simply by preventing and mitigating toxin risks.
Give piglets a great start – and see performance increase
Immune gaps are a burden and mostly occurs in two moments. The first one occurs shortly after birth, before the first intake of colostrum. The second one comes after 4-6 weeks, when the maternal protection from the colostrum and milk decreases, while the animals’ own immune system is not yet adequately built up.
Our Young Animal Nutrition Program offers support to animals during these two critical phases. Flexible product application and strong technical support will support to achieve the full potential of growth the animals and optimize profitability.