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Growth Promotion Trial: Alphamune<SUP><FONT SIZE="1">TM</FONT></SUP> G versus Salinomycin

by 5m Editor
20 December 2004, at 12:00am

By Alpharma Animal Health - This trial reports on performance improvements seen in nursery pigs given Alphamune G feed supplementation compared to pigs treated with Salinomycin as a growth promoter.

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SUMMARY OF TRIAL SET UP:

Location: European Union

Timing of trial: 2003

Number and groups of pigs:
212 pigs divided into 3 groups. 11-12 pigs were allocated per group. 6 replications were done.

Farm conditions:
The trial was done under the same practical conditions with feed and husbandry conditions as was the routine practice

Purpose of evaluation:
Performance results of AlphamuneTM G at 500 g/tonne compared to Salinomycin, used at 60 ppm as antibiotic growth promoter and an untreated control group

Trial period:
Day 1: the day after weaning with pigs weighing ± 8 kg and aged 28-29 days. The trial ended with pigs aged of ± 67 days and with an end live weight of ± 19 kg.


Key observations:
  • An improved difference of 32 g in ADG( Average Daily Gain) was found between supplementation with AlphamuneTM G and the control group

  • Some numerical improvement on ADG was found between supplementation with AlphamuneTM G and the group supplemented with Salinomycin as growth promoter

  • AlphamuneTM G provides weight gain performance comparable with a growth promoter


Key observations:
  • A numerical improvement on FCR of 130 g was found between supplementation with AlphamuneTM G and the group supplemented with Salinomycin as growth promoter

OVERALL CONCLUSIONS

  • AlphamuneTM G was shown in this demonstration trial, to be a valid alternative feed supplement in starter pigs for an antibiotic growth promoter like salinomycin, when supplemented at 500 g per tonne of finished feed
    - Outperforming on Weight Gain
    - Outperforming for Feed Conversion Rate

  • AlphamuneTM G was shown in this trial, to be a valid feed supplement for starter pigs, when supplemented at 500 g per tonne of finished feed compared to an untreated group
    - With an improved Weight Gain
    - And an improved Feed Conversion Rate

AlphamuneTM G is a Trademark of Alpharma Inc., One Executive Drive, Fort Lee, NJ 07024, USA.

Source: Alpharma Animal Health - September 2004