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.