Traditionally, the pig cycle describes the fluctuations in production costs and market priced of pork. In today’s diversified market your view should extend further . We must take into account how to reduce the environmental impact of your pig production, while maintaining or improving health and welfare of the animals. Different aspects are most important depending on the age of the pigs.
“In different parts of Europe animal production is highly concentrated. Pig production generally is the main animal production activity in these areas. Main concerns of these large numbers of pigs are the amount of surplus nutrients in excreta and gaseous losses to the environment.”
Dres. Aarnick & Verstegen, Livestock Science.
Younger piglets consume more therapeutic antibiotics than older animals, older fattening pigs have greater environmental impact. Therefore, we must look into the needs of what matters at what age.
We will showcase our solutions for raising healthy efficient pigs at the 11th European Symposium of Porcine Health Management (ESPHM) in Utrecht, the Netherlands from May 22 - 24.
BETTER HEALTH & PROFTABILITY
The main focus in sows and piglets is to improve health and profitability. This improvement can be achieved by supporting colostrum quality in the sow, immunity in newborn litters and promoting a balanced microbiome in weaned piglets.
IMPROVED GROWTH & SUSTAINABILITY
In fattening pigs, daily gains are the main target. You can achieve those through better total nutrient digestion and this will also improve sustainability. Economically, this makes more production profitable. Ecologically, surplus nutrients are released into the environment.
Antimicrobial resistance in pig herds is reduced by enabling the swine production to reduce the use of antibiotics and zinc oxide. This has a direct effect on the health of both farmers and society as a whole.
The solution for sustainable and profitable swine production is to consider the whole cycle, rather than the individual phases individually. Piglets which receive good quality colostrum can be weaned successfully – this can be achieved with Aleta. Weaners supported by CLOSTAT will have the best chance to grow without the need for antibiotic treatments. And from weaning KEMZYME can help them to optimally digest the nutrients in the diet for better economic and environmental results.