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…

Relevance of carbohydrase enzymes in pig diets

With the recent price volatility of conventional feed ingredients, the animal feed industry will continue to seek alternative cost-effective feed ingredients such as cereal by-products. However, the successful applications of alternative ingredients will be dependent on the characterisation of their nutritive value, availability of technologies for mitigating risk associated with them and potential economic benefits…

Lifetime performance of pigs – Feeding the best for a lifetime

To truly thrive, piglets, grower/finishing pigs, gilts, sows, and boars must receive optimum trace mineral nutrition throughout their productive life stages. The role of trace minerals is becoming more important in today’s high-stress production environment. Nutritionists are realising that both level and source of trace minerals play an important part in diet formulation for optimising…