The weaning process is a stressful one for piglets. A new environment, penmates and feed source can all impact their feed intake and growth potential.
Diets include supplemental zinc (Zn), copper (Cu) and manganese (Mn) - often as inorganic salts or inorganic
crystalline forms. The disadvantage of these inorganic sources is the mineral is unprotected from numerous
antagonisms and interactions in the digestive tract. Consequently, the mineral can bind to these antagonists,
preventing absorption. This can result in mineral inadequacies for achieving optimum health, performance, or
structural integrity or extra costs to over-feed minerals that aren’t utilized by the animal.
MINTREX Cu provides less reactive copper (Cu) in the diet reducing the risk of oxidation of fats,
leaving more energy for the piglet. Additionally, delivering more Cu to absorption sites in the intestine allowing
for more uptake, a lower excretion and environmental impact and provides improved nursery performance at
lower Cu inclusion rates compared to ITMs.
Producers typically supplement phytase to enhance phosphorus release from ingredients making it more available to the animal. However, phytate has a high affinity for the metal anions from ITM supplementation. As a result, before phytase has a chance to have an effect on phytate, mineralphytate complexes have been formed limiting phytase effectiveness for phosphorus liberation (Peng and Applegate, 2006). In other words, use of high levels of ITM fight against phytase effectiveness. Adding more ITMs on top of the diet to offset these antagonists is popular due to the perceived relative lower cost of ITMs versus more available chelated mineral sources. However, over-formulating total trace mineral levels arises from this strategy. Choosing a high quality chelated organic trace mineral (OTM) source allows for lower trace mineral inclusion and less mineral excretion.
Heavier pigs can generate more profit. Several factors can limit or inhibit the amount a pig gains
during grow-out. Optimizing factors such as genetics, management, environment and nutrition
all play a role in the growth and performance of the animal; by optimizing just one of those
factors such as copper (Cu) availability, more weight can be realized.
Novus has options to support gut health and manage gut flora, which helps maximize profitability.
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