Health is wealth part 1: Gut health and pig performance

This is Part 1 of a two-part series. The aim of Part 1 is to explain the importance of, and the link between, gut health and pig performance, while Part 2 will detail some practical tips for achieving optimum gut health. Piggery owners and managers make a host of decisions every day. Some of those…

Health is wealth part 2: Managing gut health for optimum pig performance

In the March/April issue of Porcus we talked about the importance of gut health for pig performance. This follow-up article will detail some top tips on managing gut health for optimum pig performance. Producers and veterinarians alike are being challenged to reduce antibiotic use in pig production, although we know there will be health challenges…

Betafin inclusion in pig diets

betafin inclusion piglets

Dietary betaine acts both as an osmolyte, reducing the pig’s energy demands to maintain cellular water and ion balance, and as a methyl donor. This can save on dietary methyl donors such as methionine and choline, both providing opportunities to reduce feed cost. Reducing animals’ maintenance requirement through improved osmo-protection effectively frees some feed energy…

Heat stress and betafin

piglet head and feet

The South Africa Weather Service has issued seasonal climate watch on the 31 August 2017 for the rainfall and temperature forecast from September 2017 to January 2017. The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon is now likely to have no specific influence over the coming summer months over South Africa. In addition, as the current…