An interesting alternative 💡Oct 12, 2022
Do you know what are the key components that have to be considered when formulating high fiber diets for the gestating sow in the US?
- The level of total dietary fiber (TDF) can be low in US gestating sow diets, but adding greater levels may positively impact performance.
The type of the fiber also plays a significant role in sow performance parameters.
- Increasing soluble dietary fiber (SDF) boosts the fermentation and energy status of the sow.
Unfortunately, there are very few ingredients available in the US that provide a meaningful amount of SDF to the diet.
- The sources can be costly or largely unavailable to the swine market – sugar beet pulp is a prime example.
So in order to have soluble fiber fractions and greater fermentability, feed technologies will need to be explored as an alternative strategy.
- The application of new technologies such as Signis, a stimbiotic, is an opportunity for increasing the fibrolytic species of the microbiota of swine – and consequently increase fiber digestion, hindgut fermentation, and SCFA production.
The use of Signis may very well be an economically viable and alternative solution. Learn more here.