Feed Strategy - May 2018 - 12
12 ❙ FeedStrategy
BENEFIT BREEDING SOW FORMULAS
Phytogenics can solve
many issues, as sows suffer from myriad problems.
They can enhance digestion, boost
immunity, help reduce heat stress,
improve antioxidation status and
even promote gut health - but, not
all together; not every product in
the market can do it all. Phytogenics
come with issues, such as volatility,
consistency in concentration, etc.
So, even more research is needed to
find the right product that works in
sows for the right task. There are no
miracles to be expected here, just a
very useful tool.
Apart from the phytogenics mentioned above,
there are a limited number of additives that come in handy during
times of heat distress, especially
for lactating or late gestating sows,
which understandably suffer the
most during heat waves. Such additives include common salt, potassium sulphate, sodium carbonate, citric acid, vitamin C and betaine.
They all have a role to play, but one
should not lump them all up in one
premix and add them in any diet.
The salts, for example, are beneficial for balancing the electrolytes.
Citric acid is best administered
in water, whereas betaine is best
for hydration under dry climates.
Again, useful tools, each has its
There has been so
much marketing noise
over yeast derivatives
that quite often we discard this
ingredient as a product of commercial hype. Old veterinarians and
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