Trouw Nutrition spotlights science-based pig nutrition at ESHM

Research shows how nutritional interventions can support pig health, performance and welfare in non-drug environments


May 5, 2022

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As the European Society for Swine Health Management (ESPHM) meets in Budapest, Hungary, May 11-13, 2022, Trouw Nutrition, the livestock feed business arm of Nutreco, will demonstrate how nutrition based on science can support pig health and performance in non-medicated feeds. production environments. The gathering of veterinarians, nutritionists and scientists comes at a time when European pig farmers are looking for strategies to support herd health and performance without medicated feeding interventions. From June 2022, the EU will ban the long-standing management practice of feeding high levels of zinc oxide to support gut health in pigs.

Extensive research by Trouw Nutrition and university partners has shown that nutritional strategies can manage enteric health and other production issues without compromising animal performance or producer economics. During ESPHM, Trouw Nutrition will present nutritional solutions adapted to the challenges that pigs face at different stages of production and in various production environments. Four poster presentations and one flash presentation will highlight research supporting the effectiveness of science-based nutritional strategies. Attendees can also learn more about lab- and commercial-farm-validated nutritional solutions by visiting the Trouw Nutrition booth. The solutions that will be presented at ESHM are listed below:

Early life interventions to improve piglet performance throughout life

Piglet development studies have shown that performance quality at ten weeks of age primarily predicts lifetime performance. Based on the latest scientific knowledge on digestive physiology and functional nutrition, Trouw Nutrition has designed Milkiwean Vital Start, a piglet feeding program formulated with Kinetio technology to protect piglet digestive health while minimizing weaning stress. . On-farm research proves that Milkiwean Vital Start reduces the need for treatments by 2.27% and lowers the overall cost per pig on the farm by 6.51%, compared to standard drug regimens.

Nutritional Strategies to Manage Bacterial Load

Supplementing swine diets with organic acids presents another proven tool to support herd health and performance in non-drug environments. A study shared at the Trouw Nutrition booth during ESPHM will show the impact of Selacid®
Green Growth MP and Selko®-4health on bacterial threats such as Streptococcus Am in pigs.

And, as more is learned about the role of phytochemicals in supporting the immune system, a poster presentation will review the potential benefits of rosemary extract supplementation during the last 33 days of the diet. growth finish.

Investing to feed the future

Noting the first non-virtual ESPHM since the pandemic, Greg Page, Head of Global Research at Trouw Nutrition, said, “We are proud to present research findings at the ESPHM, a place that has long served as a platform for form of scientific exchange and dialogue between scientists, veterinarians and other professionals who strive to improve the health, performance and welfare of pigs. The results of hundreds of Trouw Nutrition studies conducted each year are applied to practical solutions that can support pigs on the farm through an integrated approach to feed, farm and health management. “Ultimately, investments in research are integral to not only developing science-based solutions, but also supporting Trouw Nutrition’s goal of feeding the future,” Page said.

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