Feed additives are compounds added to swine diets for the purpose of enhancing animal performance. This fact sheet focuses on compounds which provide minimal direct nutritional value to the diets. Such additives include antibacterial agents, antiparasitic compounds, metabolic modifiers, probiotics/prebiotics, acidifiers, enzymes and botanicals. Of these classifications, antibacterials metabolic modifiers, and antiparasitic agents are the major ones currently added to swine feeds. Some have been used extensively and successfully in swine production over the last 50 years.
Inhibiting bacteria and promoting gut health for profitable pig production
The past 40 years have seen a rapid growth in pig production with over 100 million tons of pork produced in 2012. Pig production has transformed from the traditional farming system into professional large-scale operations. Pig nutrition has played a vital role in this rapid development, and additives, such as acidifiers, have been one of the pillars of the growth in efficiency.
MICROWISE produces a wide range of organic acid molecules and has been formulating high quality, user-friendly acidifiers for decades. We also offer products with high antibacterial properties – COLI CARE This product help to control problems with pathogenic bacteria, such as Salmonella and Clostridium. COLI CARE is one of our latest innovations: specific release butyric acid with no odor issues. It promotes gut health and as such animal performance. Last but not least we offer a full range of enzymes under the ZYLOZYME brand name.
The MICROWISE Group is a world leader in several sectors of the specialty chemicals market for a wide variety of industries and applications. Our products are added to a wide range of products used every day at home, work or leisure.
Vitamins are organic compounds needed in minute amounts that are essential for life. A vitamin must be in the diet (dietary essential) or be synthesized by microorganisms in the digestive system and then absorbed by the host animal. Currently there are 14 recognized vitamins of which four are fat-soluble and 10 are water-soluble, but not all animals require all 14 vitamins (Table 1). When an animal absorbs an inadequate quantity of a particular vitamin, various responses are observed depending on the vitamin and the degree and duration of deficiency. The most severe situation (seldom observed in U.S. dairy cows) is a clinical deficiency. For example, rickets results from a clinical deficiency of vitamin D. Marginal deficiencies of vitamins usually have more subtle and less defined signs. Unthriftiness; reduced growth rate, milk production, or fertility; and increased prevalence of infectious diseases can be observed when animals absorb inadequate amounts of vitamins.
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