The importance of methionine in neonatal piglets

A healthy, well-developed gut is critical to ensure the future health and performance of piglets. Methionine is one of many constituents that is necessary to ensure optimal gut development. An inadequate supply of methionine severely restricts the development of the gastrointestinal tract, by shifting methionine metabolism towards protein synthesis and splanchnic organ growth such as…

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…

What is inflammation?

What is inflammation?

Historically, the livestock industry has addressed common production challenges, such as poor carcass and meat quality, poor reproduction and lameness, as singular issues. It is now clearer that there is a common root cause that links these production issues: chronic or imbalanced inflammation. Inflammation is necessary for life and is the first step in the…

Betafin supplements for better pig productivity

Betafin supplements for better pig productivity

Betaine, a natural extract from sugar beet, is used in animal nutrition to improve productive performance. Much research in the literature regarding betaine applies to finishing pigs, but there is little information published concerning the effects of betaine on reproductive traits in females breeders. When feed intake is reduced or limited (e.g. during the summer…