Inclusion of supplemental amino acids in diets of weaned pigs improves their ability to cope with disease challenges

Research conducted on behalf of Swine Innovation Porc indicates elevating the inclusion of amino acids in the diets of weaned pigs will improve their ability to resist disease challenges.
calendar icon 18 April 2020
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"Our overall goal with the research is trying to develop effective feeding strategies for pigs, especially weaned pigs," explains Rodrigues.

"These strategies will aim at maximising the producer's profits while reducing the reliance on in-feed antibiotics and also improving the pig's ability to cope with diseases while maintaining their performance.

"We have finished our first study of three and the results are showing us that indeed the current recommendations for growth and protein deposition will need to be elevated when the animals are exposed to enteric pathogens.

"We did not see any major effect of supplemental profile of amino acids when the animals are healthy but, when they are challenged with Salmonella, they definitely benefit from the supplementation through a less damaged gut, through improved overall health and consequently through improved growth potential."

These findings are expected to be applied by nutritionists in formulating diets for commercial herds, especially those with known problems of enteric pathogens.

young pigs feeding out of a feed trough
Inclusion of elevated levels of amino acids in the diets of weaned pigs has been proven to improve their ability to cope with disease challenges
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