Inflammation reduces sow productivity
Inflammation – in particular – effects sow productivity negatively, and this is the reason why you have a great interest in reducing the occurrence of inflammation in your sow herd as much as possible.
Either physical or physiological stress can provoke inflammation. Consequently, all unnecessary and manageable stress factors should be minimised, especially before farrowing.
The more physical conditions involve inflammation in the womb, which can lead to a decrease in litter size. Inflammation can also result in lack of milk yield called PDS or Post dysgalactia syndrome (SEGES no. 1196).
Inflammation can be caused by bacterial infections through physical injuries like the utter but can also be the result of pathogenic bacteria in the gut microflora (SEGES, no. 1196). Besides inflammation, the pathogens also create toxins, which can affect the vitality of the fetuses.
Your feed can help the sows to a balanced and diverse composition of the gut microflora. That is why you need to be aware to use functional proteins, that counteract both inflammations and at the same time makes sure to keep the number of pathogens at a minimum.
With EP199 inflammation is reduced and the gut microbiome is modulated to promote beneficial bacteria and repress pathogens like E. coli, Salmonella, Clostridium Perfringens and Fungi by up to 95%.
Source: Grela et al., 2019. Read the publication here