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Use of Alquernat Nebsui alone and in combination with zinc oxide to replace carbadox in diets for weaned pigs

Use of Alquernat Nebsui alone and in combination with zinc oxide to replace carbadox in diets for weaned pigs

Use of Alquernat Nebsui alone and in combination with zinc oxide to replace carbadox in diets for weaned pigs

On Sunday 20 September, Biovet S.A. presented a poster in the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference entitled ‘Use of Alquernat Nebsui alone and in combination with zinc oxide to replace carbadox in diets for weaned pigs’.

The trial, carried out in collaboration with Carthage Innovative Swine Solution, tested Alquernat Nebsui, natural product based on intestinal conditioner pronutrients, in combination with zinc oxide to replace carbadox with the aim to improve production parameters, prevent post-weaning dysentery and reduce the use of antibiotics.

The trial demonstrates the efficacy of intestinal conditioner pronutrients to prevent pathologies associated to this productive stage and replace or reduce, through natural products, the use of chemical additives and antibiotics. The search of natural alternatives has become necessary in recent years. The use of zinc oxide in pig farming is already limited in the European Union and will be banned in the coming years. On the other hand, carbadox is an antibiotic used to control bacterial diseases in pigs in countries such as Mexico or the United States. Its use is very extended to reduce microbial load in the intestine, however, it has certain drawbacks such as the development of resistances.

Alquernat Nebsui, effective natural alternative to prevent post-weaning problems

Specifically, the test was carried out with post-weaning piglets where different solutions were tested to control the main imbalances that occur in the post-weaning stage. These alternatives were three: Alquernat Nesbui alone, Alquernat Nebsui combined with zinc oxide (ZnO) and carbadox.

The trial took 63 days, starting at 21 days of age, with 900 piglets. Production parameters in transition and first stage of fattening were analysed.

Results demonstrates that all the treatments obtained similar results during transition stage. The batches with A. Nebsui, either alone or combined with ZnO, obtained better conversion rate. This improvement was significant when using A. Nebsui alone.

In fattening stage, similar weights were obtained in all treatments. The batch with A. Nebsui alone obtained a significantly better conversion rate, which indicates a positive long-term effect of A. Nebsui.

In conclusion, Alquernat Nebsui represents an effective alternative for the improvement of the productive parameters in weaned pigs, either alone or in combination with zinc oxide. This natural product can replace antibiotic products such as carbadox, the use of which may limit the marketing of pork in some markets. Furthermore, the study also shows that zinc oxide can be used together with Alquernat Nebsui without any negative interaction.

 

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