Clean diets help build immunity and gut health

Piglet immune systems are at their most vulnerable for two weeks after weaning. Highly digestible soy proteins support piglet health, growth, and performance.
calendar icon 19 November 2020
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Activation of the immune system by potentially pathogenic bacteria or a virus consumes a great amount of energy and amino acids. This is why, during the vulnerable post-weaning period, piglets need an easily digestible protein that can support and strengthen their immunity while providing the foundation for a strong and healthy growth.

Only a thorough understanding of this concept can we expect maximum piglet performance without the need for regular medication. That’s best for business and best for the consumers.

Figure 1. Illustration of the decline of maternal antibodies and the rise of endogenous antibodies in piglet blood during their first weeks of life. 100% corresponds to antibody titers of adult pigs. Adapted from thepigsite.com
Figure 1. Illustration of the decline of maternal antibodies and the rise of endogenous antibodies in piglet blood during their first weeks of life. 100% corresponds to antibody titers of adult pigs. Adapted from thepigsite.com
Figure 2. The development of digestive enzyme production in piglets during the first seven weeks.
Figure 2. The development of digestive enzyme production in piglets during the first seven weeks.
Figure 3. Electron microscopy of the gut mucus layer of piglets fed HP 300 (left) and conventional soybean meal (right).
Figure 3. Electron microscopy of the gut mucus layer of piglets fed HP 300 (left) and conventional soybean meal (right).
Figure 4. Oxidative status of pigs fed post-weaning diets containing a range of soy-based proteins and fish meal.
Figure 4. Oxidative status of pigs fed post-weaning diets containing a range of soy-based proteins and fish meal.

SPC: Soy protein concentrate; FSBM: Fermented soybean meal; FM: Fishmeal; HP 300-1: HP 300 diet fed only day 0-14; HP 300-2: HP 300 diet fed day 0-28

Figure 5. Results from a commercial farm trial at Landwirtschaftskammer Schleswig-Holstein 2017. HP 300 significantly improved weight gain and FCR in nursery pigs (P<0.05)
Figure 5. Results from a commercial farm trial at Landwirtschaftskammer Schleswig-Holstein 2017. HP 300 significantly improved weight gain and FCR in nursery pigs (P<0.05)

Guenther Dubberke

Nutritionist at Hamlet Protein
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