Tonisity Px Feeds Pig's Intestine to Reduce Pre-weaning Mortality

ANALYSIS - Tonisity Px is the first isotonic protein drink for pigs. From Day 2, Tonisity Px helps pigs cope with stress, decreases pre-weaning mortality, increases weaning weights and improves gut health.
calendar icon 28 August 2017
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"It's a unique product developed in such a way that even baby pigs will drink it - two day old pigs," said Dr. Ava Firth, director of research and development for Tonisity Px. "It has a unique effect in that it will actually improve the surface area of the small intestine and increase the absorption of nutrients."

Many other products try to feed the pig by providing protein. Those options only feed the pig, but Tonisity Px feeds the intestine and makes it work better, said Dr. Firth.

"We try to give them the best minerals that will help improve the beneficial bacteria in the gut," she said. "We've shown that by improving the absorptive surface area and improving the height of the villi, we can reduce pre-weaning mortality by at least 10 per cent, perhaps more. We can improve the weaning weight and have a stronger, healthier pig."

Tonisity is registered in the US, Canada and Europe. Registration in South America and Asia is underway.

Tonisity Px’s sweet and sour taste encourages fluid intake to improve hydration as early as 24-48 hours after birth, impacting pig health at all stages of production.

Suckling: Starting 24-48 hours after birth and up to 8 days of age.

Transitional use from suckling through weaning: Approximately 3 days before weaning until 1-2 days post-weaning.

Transporting: Weaned pigs on arrival and pigs destined for slaughter.

Palatability aid: To deliver bitter oral preparations.

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ThePigSite's Sarah Mikesell interviewed Dr. Ava Firth at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

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