Promoting Optimal Nutrient Digestion
It is currently even more crucial to fully optimize nutrient retention and performance of today’s complex pig diets. Exogenous enzymes improve the digestibility of specific substrates in various feed stuffs and enhance the pig’s endogenous enzyme production – all releasing more nutrients in the gut for absorption. In this way, optimal viscosity of the digesta can be ensured with less undigested feed ingredients reaching the hindgut, resulting in healthier, better performing animals.
Exogenous surfactants or “emulsifiers” can also contribute to improving feed digestibility as they specifically enhance fat digestion.
Specifically, in weaning piglets it is important to provide sufficient support to the digestive process. Weaning is accompanied by a stressful introduction into a new environment and a change in the diet from sow’s milk to a solid feed. Secretion of endogenous enzymes, such as proteases and amylases and the physiological functions required for lipid digestion are not yet fully optimal, which means this process can have detrimental effects on the digestive performance of piglets.