469 – Applicability of an Unmedicated Feeding Program Aimed to Reduce the Use of Antimicrobials in Nursery Piglets – Impact on Performance and Fecal Microbiota (Research paper – López-Colom – 2020)Click here for resource
469 Research paper
Applicability of an Unmedicated Feeding Program Aimed to Reduce the Use of Antimicrobials in Nursery Piglets: Impact on Performance and Fecal Microbiota by López-Colom, P., Estellé, J., Bonet, J., Coma, J., and S.M. Martin-Orue 2020 Animals 2020 Feb: 242
In Significant Impact Groups: Feed / gut health
Species targeted: Pigs;
The need for a reduction in the use of antibiotics in livestock to safeguard their efficacy requires the development of alternatives. In this line, the use of alternative by-products or ingredients, with functional properties brings the opportunity to improve pig health and thus, reduce medicalization. Therefore, in the present study, we aimed to evaluate the impact of an alternative feeding program based on unmedicalized diets formulated with fibrous by-products and functional feed ingredients on performance and fecal microbiota of young pigs compared to a common weaner diet supplemented with antibiotics. The alternative feeding program could anticipate the gut development of young piglets, which at the end of the nursery period presented a fecal microbiota more similar to that found in fattening animals. Moreover, piglets in the unmedicalized diets showed a trend to reduce the course of diarrhea immediately after weaning. The alternative feeding program showed, however, a reduced growth efficiency during the nursery period that needs to be discussed in the frame of the costs-benefits analysis of reducing antibiotics.
469 Research paper – López-Colom – 2020 – Applicability of an Unmedicated Feeding Program Aimed to Reduce the Use of Antimicrobials in Nursery Piglets_ Impact on Performance and Fecal Microbiota
Where to find the original material: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7070809/pdf/animals-10-00242.pdf; https://dx.doi.org/10.3390%2Fani10020242