Fermented feeds may be an option for swine producers looking to improve feed intake and help piglets develop intestinal health while reducing instances of diarrhea, reported researchers with Aarhus University.
Fermenting wet feed can provide robust lactic acid bacteria with a high concentration of lactic acid and low pH value, they said.
Interest in the use of fermented products has expanded following the EU’s ban on zinc oxide use and the industry’s interest in moving away from antibiotic use.
Along similar lines, research is being done into the use of prebiotic generated from fermented rye with poultry. The additive may help modulate the microbiota and bacterial populations living inside broilers.