BeneGut: An anti-diarrhea alternative for piglets
Since Danish scientist Poulsen reported in 1989 that high dose zinc oxide could reduce the diarrhea rate of weaned piglets and improve growth, the substance is widely used in piglet feed. Still, problems caused by high dose zinc oxide are rousing more concerns, with issues like zinc oxide's antagonism against other trace minerals, consumption of gastric acid, acceleration of damage against vitamin, enzyme and other nutrients in premix (especially in tropical and subtropical areas with high temperature and humidity), inhibiting piglets' later growth, and poor skin and hair condition. A new solution for reducing those problems and achieving anti-diarrhea and growth promotion effects is needed. This article introduces the application cases of BeneGut: a highly efficient zinc additive from XJ-BIO.
"BeneGut is the ideal alternative to high dosage zinc oxide due to its lower metal emission and capability to produce better anti-diarrhea and growth promotion effects."
The introduction of BeneGut
In view of environmental protection requirements and the negative effects of high dose zinc oxide, XJ-BIO developed BeneGut, an anti-diarrhea solution for piglets which can replace high dose zinc oxide. Several experiments were carried out and had proved that BeneGut has good palatability and lower metal residual in comparison to zinc oxide. It also reduces water exudation by crinkling the intestinal epithelium. In addition, BeneGut promotes the development of intestinal villi, reduces intestinal permeability, influences the development of the gut flora, induces the secretion of growth hormones, mitigates the diarrhea rate of piglets and achieves growth promotion through a dual action of 'initiative' and 'passivity'.
Anti-diarrhea and growth promotion effects of BeneGut on weanling piglets
Location: A major farm in the northern region of China
144 weanling piglets of the same breed and similar weight (around 7.35kg/head) were randomly divided into three groups; six replicates in each group, each with eight pigs (four female and four male). The diet group is the control group (without adding zinc in diet meal); the BeneGut group (added with 1,350mg Zn/kg of BeneGut in diet meal); the zinc oxide group (added with 2,250mg Zn/kg ZnO in diet meal). The experiment period lasted for four weeks.
Compared with the zinc oxide group, the FCR, antidiarrhea rate and growth promotion effect are better by adding 1,350 mg Zn/kg of BeneGut in the diet meal. The diarrhea rate of the BeneGut group is 15.21% (p<0.05) higher than ZnO group. The feed-weight ratio is 4.22% (p<0.05) lower than ZnO group.
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Article made possible through the contribution of XJ-BIO