The limited digestive capacity of broiler chicks post hatch demands easily digestible raw materials. A diet containing high-quality, functional ingredients provides a good nutritional start in life. However, there are varied opinions on the ability of a diet fed only for a few days to improve growth through to slaughter.
The animal feed industry has been talking about the nutritional and environmental benefits of using insect meal; however, legislation and availability have limited its practical use. Developments in both areas mean in fish diets it has become a viable option and, for monogastrics, it has real commercial potential.
Due to the association of circovirus with a number of common pig health conditions, it is important to manage the overall health status of the herd. Circovirus is almost always found in combination with other pathogens and mortality can be very high.
Pig gut health suffers during times of stress. This leaves them susceptible to disease, as well as having a negative effect on growth. Medium chain fatty acids are known to have antibacterial activity and their benefit on performance makes them a useful tool in antibiotic-free production.
Porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome (PRRS) continues to have significant performance and economic effects on pig production. In fact, it is considered to be the most significant pig health problem across the globe.
Pig producers around the world are aware of the problems of piglet diarrhea, including mortality, poor performance and susceptibility to other diseases. In this article, the topic of coccidiosis in piglets is discussed.