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Improve health management of pigs by gaining homogeneity with a versatile enzyme

Caroline Joos

Recent trials confirm that the introduction of a versatile NSP (Non-Starch Polysaccharides) enzyme in pig diets, improves performance and homogeneity of animals from weaning to slaughter. This has a positive impact on health management by a reduction of re-allotting and increased clean downtime.

The homogeneity within batches is not always measured and/or reported in trial reports although it is worth looking at. Pig producers know that in respect of a minimal clean downtime between batches and a limited mixing across batches, it is necessary to ensure proper animal health management. Low performance and/or high heterogeneity between animals make it difficult. In practice, it means that more homogeneous animals spend less time in the facilities because the time between the first and the last individual to reach target weight is reduced. More homogeneous animals means also less mixing both after weaning and when animals are brought to fattening rooms, which reduces stress and the spread of pathogens. Enzymes can contribute to increase piglets and pig homogeneity; as proven by recent research achieved in collaboration with Adisseo testing Rovabio® Excel, added on top of the usual formulation.

Besides the general effect of an efficient NSP enzyme to increase digestibility, a versatile enzyme containing a wide range of enzymatic activities, may have more assets than a mono-activity enzyme to impact each individual metabolism and counteract animal diversity.



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Article made possible through the contribution of Caroline Joos and Adisseo.

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