The use of protected benzoic acid feed in piglets in a zinc oxide (ZnO) replacement trial involving four mid-sized commercial farms in Spain resulted in a reduction in medication costs and improvement in performance, said Novus International, Inc.
The hunt is on to find an alternative to zinc oxide in young pig diets given regulatory developments in the EU and China, Danish company Hamlet Protein, in that context, is looking at the use of fiber additives in feed.
In a published summary of the Zero Zinc Summit, held last month in Copenhagen in Denmark, a Danish animal nutrition consultant said there was a general agreement at the event that no single tool can replace medicinal zinc oxide.
Cargill and French insect protein producer, InnovaFeed, have entered into an alliance to jointly market fish feed that includes insect protein, a move the partners said will enable them to support the growth of sustainable aquaculture.
There is a vast amount of research supporting the use of many different probiotic strains at the nursery stage in pig production, but there is still great variability in the results, finds a review published in Livestock Science.
Lallemand Animal Nutrition says the addition of its yeast derivative product in post-weaning diets improves piglet performance, and it is an interesting tool alongside other strategies to replace the pharmacological doses of zinc oxide (ZnO) in feed.