Ambassador: Marco van Asten

Publication date: July 2019 | Theme: Health management

Challenges: Influence of gut health on disease and production

A fermented liquid feed system is providing an alternative to zinc for integrated Dutch producer, the van Asten group. The fermented feed works as a probiotic and lowers the pH to reduce the risk of bacteria. It helps stabilise the environment in the weaned piglet’s intestines and improve growth rates. It is reducing production costs by up to €2.70 per pig.

Investment costs are approximately €16 per pig space and there has been a reduction in antibiotic use of up to 80% and a 25% reduction in dietary phosphorus and nitrogen.  They are working towards rearing pigs without antibiotics.

Further information will be available on this page in the near future.  In the meantime, to access more details, contact RPIG (Netherlands): Jos Peerlings