6 basic feed ingredients in antibiotic-free piglet diets

6 basic feed ingredients in antibiotic-free piglet diets

Voratham Yuangngoen | Dreamstime.com

Feeding piglets has been always a challenge, the more so now that in-feed antibiotics are increasingly removed from the array of useful ingredients.

Formulating a piglet diet with antibiotics is a rather easy task, at least for most nutritionists, and it gets easier as piglet weaning age increases. But, with early weaning (up to 28 days of age) still being popular, and the need to remove or reduce antibiotics and other antimicrobial compounds from modern piglet feeds a constant pressure worldwide, we must consider the immature digestive system in conjunction with a highly unstable/developing gut microbiota profile. Doing otherwise, we risk the danger of having poor growth performance or offsetting pathogenic diarrheas — both undesirable under any circumstances.