Dr. Joe Loughmiller
North American Swine Technical Services, Phileo by Lesaffre
New research from Phileo by Lesaffre continues to demonstrate the practical benefits of feeding ActiSaf HR+ to brood sows. This work follows results shared last year that demonstrated the value of feeding 0.5 – 1.0 lbs/ton of ActiSaf HR+ to sows in gestation and lactation.
Past ActiSaf HR+ research trials by Phileo demonstrated benefits in the nursing pig’s
microbiota balance (Figure 1 and 2). Because ActiSaf HR+ survives throughout the sow’s GI tract and feces, nursing piglets are inoculated with ActiSaf while in the farrowing crate,
with subsequent effects on their developing microbiota. Further Phileo research showed
improved colostrum immunoglobulin levels, and increased weight gain and cost/
lbs gained of piglets after weaning (Table 1) that is most likely a beneficial result of this improved microbiota balance.