March 27, 2015

27/03/2015: SANACORE®EN makes streptococci shiver

Supporting intestinal health with SANACORE®EN has unique health benefits.

Piglets being fed the product, which is gradually released in the gastrointestinal tract, are less likely to suffer from intestinal disorders, and as such they have fewer problems with Streptococcus infections; that is the experience of swine veterinarian Dr René Sol.

Since the 2006 ban of antimicrobial growth promoters from pig feeds, swine veterinarian Dr René Sol from DAP VUG has been highly interested in alternative remedies that could support optimal intestinal health.

"A healthy intestine is the foundation for a healthy animal performing at a high level. In my opinion, every investment made in improving the animal’s intestinal health, is earned back very easily."
In his veterinary practice, Dr Sol has been using SANACORE®EN during the last four years to support intestinal health in many pig farms.
Dr René Sol
"My experience is that this product adds real value to pig farms with recurrent Streptococcus suis problems. In several pig farms, the average antibiotic Animal Daily Dose per animal year (ADD, Jensen et al., 2004) decreased by 50 to 90 percent since they started using SANACORE®EN in their weaning and growing piglet feeds."

According to Dr Sol, the difficult part with any kind of health additives is that the effects are never 100 percent identical in each farm.

"Many different factors affect the performance of these products, it is thus very important basic management conditions are satisfied. In other words: the pig farmer must meet the requirements for adequate feed and water provision, as well as minimal hygiene and climate conditions."

Weaning dip
Piglets are especially sensitive to factors negatively affecting intestinal health. At the end of the lactation period, piglets consume 1 to 1.5 litres of milk per day as well as small quantities of solid feed.
"After weaning, the sow milk is taken away abruptly and piglets have to learn to survive on solid feed and water," explains the swine veterinarian.

"This extremely stressful event is the cause of the well-known weaning dip in growth. The lack of nutrients and the associated reduced intestinal blood flow cause severe damage to intestinal cells and villi length and surface. It goes without saying that this is disastrous for the digestive capacity of the piglet."

During the post-weaning stress period, the structure of the intestinal barrier function is also affected: intercellular junctions become loose and pathogens find the opportunity to enter the bloodstream.

"It is at this critical moment that streptococci, already present in the intestine, can find their way to the blood stream of the piglet”, admits Dr Sol.

"This is the reason why streptococcal infections in the form of meningitis and sudden deaths often occur two weeks after weaning. In addition, secondary complications with E. coli play an important role further aggravating the issue."

Approach from the intestine

According to Dr Sol, the correct way to tackle streptococci is to begin with proper nurturing of the intestine in the young piglets. 

"Supplementation of SANACORE®EN in the weaning diet encourages optimal condition of the intestine as the different ingredients of the additive limit the adverse effects following reduced feed intake after the weaning dip."

Dr Sol is basing his experiences with SANACORE®EN on farm results seen in several of his customers.

"I have noticed significantly lower mortality rates in piglets and also the drug use on the farms has dropped dramatically."

According to the veterinarian, feed manufacturers work already on the development of specialized piglet feeds for the same reasons.

Dr Sol refers to SANACORE®EN as an 'optimal ' combination of coated salts of organic acids and encapsulated essential oils. This health additive supports the complete gastrointestinal tract thanks to various active components that are released at specific places in the intestine. Whether this theory is finally proven is not crucial for Dr Sol.

"We do not perform scientific research here at the field level; as long as the product works as we expect it to work, we are satisfied. In customers with recurring streptococcal problems that have started to supplement their piglet feeds with SANACORE®EN, I hardly have to prescribe antibiotics anymore for piglets.

In some farms, with complicated severe problems, that may not respond to this additive, it is usually the case that other infection routes (the airways) as well as the type and the pathogenicity of the Streptococcus present play a determining role in the development of the disease."

More than ten
In the meantime, more than ten pig farmers of Dr Sol’s practice routinely use SANACORE®EN in their feed: dosage in the weaning feed is 3 kg per ton, and in the growing feed 2 kg per ton. Mixing is done at the feed manufacturer level, as in this way the product can be also included in the pellet.

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