Researchers hone in on best probiotic strains for swine

Researchers hone in on best probiotic strains for swine

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2 strains of probiotics improve feed conversion ratio, reduce ileitis in swine

Previous research has found that Bacillus-based probiotics have inconsistent effects from one farm to the next, according to Carola van der Peet-Schwering, a researcher specializing in pig nutrition at Wageningen Livestock Research. Previous research cataloging 245 Bacillus strains had determined that three — Bacillus amyloliquefaciens, Bacillus subtilis, and Bacillus mojavensis — “showed the best overall characteristics in terms of heat resistance of spores, inhibitory activity against pathogenic bacteria and antibiotic resistance and, therefore, potential for usage as probiotic additives in feed,” Peet-Schwering said.