Selenium reduces oxidative stress and improves production

This article by Dr Christof Rapp, a lead researcher in swine nutrition at Zinpro Corporation, first appeared in the November 2019 issue of Essential Feed and explains how selenium reduces oxidative stress and improves production. Livestock and poultry, just like humans, naturally produce toxic substances and reactive oxygen species – small and highly reactive molecules…

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…