A trial conducted by Pancosma using CarboVet has shown better piglet performance and reduced mortality, a press release stated. The toxin binder trial reportedly increased piglet growth rates 12.3% over the first 34 days of life on creep and weaning feeds containing 0.5% of a charcoal-based toxin binder compared with a negative control.
During the trial, diarrhea was present in half the control and none of the treatment groups. Faecal content of the putrefactive compounds ammonia, indole, scatole and cresol was more than double in pigs on the treatment compared to control, indicating that these substances were trapped by the toxin binder.
This reportedly reduced the risk of digestive disorders caused by their detrimental impact on colonic fermentation and also the risk of respiratory disease.