BioZyme Inc. recently introduced the natural feed additive AO-Biotics through its new swine and poultry supplement brand Imunabiotics.
Created from a proprietary strain of Aspergillus oryzae through a unique, multistep fermentation process, AO-Biotics (acting as a prebiotic) has been shown through research to support gut health and performance in weaning piglets and sows.
"We know through research that a swine's gut represents much more than just digestion. Up to 70% of all the cells that make up the swine immune system are housed in its gut," said Bill Bayless, director of commercial sales at BioZyme. "The gut is the largest immune regulator and endocrine organ in the animal, making its health and proper functioning valuable to the animal's viability and performance.
In a recent study conducted by Dr. Ignacio R. Ipharraguerre, Institute of Human Nutrition & Food Science at the University of Kiel in Germany, early weaned piglets fed AO-Biotics exhibited the following results compared to the control group:
* Increased growth homogeneity (first week postweaning);
* Increased average daily gain;
* Reduced gut leakiness;
* Reduced diarrhea (first week postweaning);
* Increased absorptive capacity of the gut, and
* Increased water intake.
"With AO-Biotics, piglets are set up for better health, making them more resilient, thus reducing variability in the group," said Bayless.
A research trial conducted by Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, found that sows fed AO-Biotics exhibited improved performance through: more late lactation, greater number of piglets weaned, higher feed intake in weeks 2 and 3 of lactation and more total pounds weaned.
"Sows fed AO-Biotics and control females, which were not fed AO-Biotics, were allowed to nurse the same number of piglets, however, by day seven, AO-Biotics females tended to have larger litter sizes to nurse," Bayless said. "At day 14 and at weaning, the difference in piglets per litter in terms of average daily gain and final weight statistically favored the sows fed AO-Biotics."
Feed intake was also statistically different in late lactation, favoring increased intake for females receiving AO-Biotics, according to the study results. Over the entire lactation period, feed intake was numerically greater when sows were supplemented with AO-Biotics.