6 feed additives that benefit breeding sow formulas

6 feed additives that benefit breeding sow formulas

Sows also benefit from the presence of some additives in their diets, but not all additives benefit sows.

Female breeding pigs (gilts and sows in reproductive age) are fed diets with few if any additives because these animals are not considered as valuable as the growing-finishing pigs (saleable product). On the other hand, additives — or in other terms, ingredients that enhance the value of the feed — are expensive. On the other hand, additives — or in other terms, ingredients that enhance the value of the feed — are expensive. This is because additives require a lengthy and costly research and development phase, and the additives business is rather comfortable with margins traditionally higher than those enjoyed with traditional raw materials.