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on September 18, 2017

Piglet gut health promoted by pectin

Pectin is a new feed additive used as a functional fiber to improve gut health in weaned pigs.

Pig International exclusive article:

Diarrhea is a reoccurring problem in young animals, and even under good conditions farms will lose piglets during rearing. Plant-derived feed components containing high fiber content are well-discussed in animal husbandry because of their potential to prevent diarrhea. The feed industry is focusing on their use more due to their potential to stabilize the intestine and their ability to prevent the application of additional therapeutic treatment in case of diarrhea.

Read the entire article in the September issue of Pig International.

These plant-derived fiber components are mainly non-starch polysaccharides (NSP). Often regarded as detrimental for efficient digestibilities of feeds, there are some NSP that deserve a closer look. One of these candidates is pectin, known as a gelling agent in food applications. Industrially extracted and purified pectins offer a phytogenic tool for stabilizing the gastrointestinal tract in piglets. This article provides a small overview about these pectins, their effects on digestive stability and their advantages for piglets in case of diarrhea. 

In this article, you'll learn about:

  • Why should we talk about extracted pectin?
  • Why are extracted pectins good for piglets?
  • Increasing intestinal stability in piglets

Pectin is a suitable plant-extracted natural feeding tool for increasing intestinal stability in piglets. Applied either curative or preventive in critical phases of rearing it supports the also maturation of the gastrointestinal tract, too. Read the entire article to learn more about how piglet gut health is promoted by pectin.

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