Feed Strategy - March 2018 - 27
FeedStrategy ❙ 27
A BALANCE IS REQUIRED between ingredient
cost, quality and expectations in the ﬁeld.
ormulating a piglet diet with antibiotics is a
rather easy task, at least for most nutritionists,
and it gets easier as piglet weaning age increases.
But, with early weaning (up to 28 days of age) still being popular, and the need to remove or reduce antibiotics and other antimicrobial compounds from modern
piglet feeds a constant pressure worldwide, we must
consider the immature digestive system in conjunction with a highly unstable/developing gut microbiota
profile. Doing otherwise, we risk the danger of having
poor growth performance or offsetting pathogenic diarrheas - both undesirable under any circumstances.
The issue of ingredient cost - and eventually
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quality of the final feed - is one that should not
escape our attention at any time. It is possible to
create the best feed around, but impossible to sell
it in a market attuned to low-cost production methods. A balance is required between ingredient cost,
quality and expectations in the field. Obviously,
designing a medium-cost diet and marketing it as a
top-notch feed is far away from the golden rule of
"under-promising and over-delivering." Lamentably,
the opposite of this golden rule is quite often the
norm, and it does not help when technical staff
become disoriented as to what is expected of them
when it comes to product design.