Piglets supplemented in the early phase of the nursery period with 200 ppb of KemTRACE® Chromium had a 3 to 5-point improvement in feed to gain versus pigs that did not receive supplementation. In addition, chromium supplementation in the early phase provided a 1.6 lb to 2.4 lb final weight advantage over piglets that did not receive chromium supplementation.
In a commercial research facility, the effect of KemTRACE® Chromium on growth performance of weaned pigs was evaluated. Pigs supplemented with 200 ppb of chromium provided a 0.79 lb advantage over pigs that did not receive chromium supplementation.
In this research trial and in previous research trials , supplemental chromium has been shown to improve sow and pig performance. The use of chromium propionate as a management tool in commercial swine production to maximize sow unit performance is supported in the research done to date.
Stress has a tremendous impact on sow performance. When a sow is experiencing stress conditions, cortisol is released, resulting in behavioral, metabolic, immunological and intestinal changes. Studies have shown that cortisol can have a negative impact on sow performance. Chromium has been shown to reduce the levels of cortisol, thereby reducing the negative impacts of stress.
Chromium supplied as a trace nutrient has been demonstrated to improve sow reproductive and piglet performance when supplied in gestation and lactation sow diets. This study showed that feeding KemTRACE® Chromium improved sow and piglet performance when fed to sows in lactation and gestation at a rate of 200 ppb.
A commercial study involving over 65,000 sows was initiated to study the effects of adding 200 ppb KemTRACE® Chromium as a source of chromium in gilt and sow rations. The most notable improvement was a 13.7% reduction in non-productive sow days. During the same period, sow production data showed a steady increase in the average parity in this herd.
KemTRACE® Chromium had an impact on feed intake, final body weight, average daily gain and feed efficiency in both thermoneutral and heat stressed pigs compared to pigs fed no chromium. KemTRACE Chromium continues to demonstrate consistent growth improvements when fed to pigs in both thermoneutral and heat stress conditions.
A study was conducted evaluating the effect of feeding KemTRACE® Chromium, KemTRACE® Zinc and ENDOX® Dry antioxidant in combination to finishing pigs in both a thermoneutral and a heat stress environment. In this study, the pigs fed the combination of products as a heat stress pack showed difference in total gain.
Heat stress is a costly issue facing pork producers. Heat stress significantly reduces feed intake, therefore directly impacting growth performance of pigs and profitability. Feed intake isn't the only performance parameter affected. Reduced growth rate, decline in fertility, increased mortality and more non-productive sow days are just a few of the other ways heat stress negatively impacts all aspects of pork production.
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QUALITY & SAFETY
The first of its kind. The first in its class. KemTRACE® Chromium – the first product of its kind on the market – is a safe, proven trace mineral for use in swine, dairy, beef and broiler operations. It has been fed to millions of animals around the world since its introduction in 2000. KemTRACE Chromium is registered in more than 30 countries and is the only U.S. Food and Drug Administration-reviewed form of chromium propionate.
Federal regulations, food recalls and front page headlines have dramatically increased the importance of ingredient safety and supplier accountability in the global food chain. Producers must now consider the immeasureable financial impact and irreparable damage to reputation that compromised ingredients and supplier uncertainty can have on their operation. With every purchasing decision, a producer must weigh the importance of brand credibility and confidence in sourcing consistent, high-quality ingredients.
Ingredient quality control is at the forefront of helping customers avoid unnecessary risk. Kemin utilizes standard operating procedures for supplier and ingredient certifications/approvals prior to purchase and use of ingredients. Understanding the importance of high consumer confidence and the impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act, Kemin pursued, received and maintains the Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 for its manufacturing facility in Des Moines, Iowa.
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