Phytogenics as powerful performance enhancers in piglet production
Growing concern about antibiotic growth promoters in animal nutrition has created efforts to use different plant compounds as possible natural alternatives. Phytogenic feed additives (phytogenics) are an extremely heterogeneous group of feed additives originating from leaves, roots, tubers or fruits of herbs, spices or other plants. In human nutrition, their appetising and digestion-promoting effects have long been recognized and aromatic plants are traditionally used in human and veterinarian medicine.
Previously, phytogenics significantly improved performance in piglet production. However, there are usually large differences in efficacy regarding the mode of action as well as effects on microflora, digestibility, performance and immunity, between different phytogenic products that are available in the market.
These differences are mainly due to a large variation in ingredient composition of these products, which is often poorly defined.
Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a defined phytogenic feed additive on reproductive performance of sows.
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