FEEDING SOWS

Sow health is big business!

An increased focus on animal health and welfare, reduction of antibiotics and carbon footprint from authorities and consumers, forces breeders and producers to rethink their businesses.

In order to maintain production performance high and costs low, whilst reducing the use of antibiotics, extra attention needs to be directed to sow health.

Feed benefits

  • More milk

  • Vital newborns

  • Low piglet mortality

  • More piglets weaned

  • Sows in better condition

  • Fully developed gut and immune system

Challenges in sow nutrition

Breeders and producers have excelled in refining and fine-tuning the production process. Sows have been selected for their large litter size, milk production and ability to rear many piglets. As the litter size keeps increasing milk production becomes even more important to feed the growing litter.

Besides genetics, the sows milk production is affected by the sows’ condition, temperature, length of lactation period, water and feed intake, feed composition and the presence of pathogenic bacteria.

Bacteria and parasite challenges

E. coli is widely recognized to reduce the sows milk yield as well as diarrhea outbreaks. Clostridium perfringens is another crucial Gram-positive bacterium passed on from sow to piglets causing birth diarrhea. Many other bacteria cause an increase in mortality – such as Salmonella spp. Keeping the pathogenic bacteria count low before farrowing and during lactation is key for high milk yielding sows and low piglet mortality.

Feeds influence on sows

Microbiome modulation in sow and piglets

The sows’ microbiome is affected by feed. The microbiome consists of thousands of different bacteria – some of them pathogenic and some beneficial. Through feed containing prebiotic fibers, probiotics and metabolites (such as organic acids, flavonoids, vitamins and antioxidants), the balance and diversity of the gut microbiome can be modulated. It is possible to increase the number of beneficial bacteria and repress pathogenic bacteria by adapting the feed.

Microbiome passed on from sow to piglet

Sows pass on their microbiome as early as in the womb. The microbiome is passed on to the foetuses during gestation, at birth, through lactation and when in contact with the sow, for example through the snout and faeces.

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More antibodies in colostrum.Gilts +40 % and
sows +25 % more.

Better performing gilts and sows

The younger the gut, the more influence feed has on the gut flora and the performance. It is widely recognized that gilt perform less than sows – especially if no consideration has been done to prepare the gilts for gestation. Through functional feeding, the gap between gilts and sows can be reduced.

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two piglets more

More and better milk

Increased litter sizes push the performance of the sow to a maximum and the supply of milk becomes vital. Not only the supply but also the quality of milk can be improved, as the number of antibodies passed on in colostrum can be increased through feed – by as much as 40 %. Antibodies passed on from sow to sucklings remain in their blood for up to two months. Their role is to aid the sucklings to withstand infections.

Recommended use for functional feeding:

The best effect is obtained by adding 4 % EP199 to the rearing gilts feed one month before insemination. This ensures a diverse and balanced gut flora before the gestation. Increase the dosage to for gilts to 9 % a week before farrowing to reduce pathogenic bacterial counts and continue with 9 % through lactation. Can be used in dry feed, liquid feed or pelletized. Pellitizing will reduce the probiotic content.

EP199 is an improved funtional feed based on further development of EP100i for sows. Added benifits are  antiinflammatory compounds and better support of the immune system developement. EP100i for sows’ should be used at the same inclusion level as EP199.

See how EP199 works on a commercial farm

How EP199 works on sows:

  • Digestible protein, fibers and minerals without antinutritional factors, rich in health-promoting compound
  • Reduces the excretion of N and P
  • Increases diversity and beneficial gut bacteria
  • Supports the development of a well-equipped gut
  • Supports the development of functional immune
  • Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial compounds support health

How EP100i works on sows:

  • Digestible protein, fibers and minerals without antinutritional factors, rich in health-promoting compounds.
  • Reduces the excretion of N and P
  • Supports the development of a well-equipped gutSupports the development of functional immune
  • Increases diversity and beneficial gut bacteria
  • Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial compounds support health
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