Lars Sangill Andersen, swine nutritionist and Katia Pedrosa, poultry nutritionist, Hamlet Protein
Ensuring that the gut is healthy is critically important for all of life's activity, since all nutrients must of course be absorbed through the gut. The right raw material choice therefore, limits the growth of pathogenic bacteria in young livestock animals.
Weaning piglets from the sow is one of the most stressful events in the pig's life and can contribute to intestinal and immune system dysfunctions, compromising pig health and resulting in reduced growth and feed intake, particularly in the first week after weaning. Piglets are usually weaned at a time when the passive immunity is declining, and acquiring active immunity is a slow process and it might not be fully functional until about 8 weeks of age (Bailey et al., 2005).
The domestic chicken is descended primarily from the red jungle fowl (Gallus gallus). In 100 years, the selection companies made big steps in the genetic selection of the chicken breeds. Even though chickens are already one of the most efficient species to transform vegetable products into meat products, yet the selection companies go even further by selecting for an improved performance of the chickens.