March 09, 2016

09/03/2016: Nursery pig and sow research at Midwest ASAS

Nutritional health of swine during gestation, lactation, and post-weaning is getting a lot of attention at this year's Midwestern meeting of the American Society of Animal Science meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, March 14-16.

Diamond V scientists Jason Frank, PhD (Director, Non Ruminant Research & Technical Support) and Benjamin Bass, PhD (Scientist, Swine Research and Technical Support) are going to be on-hand at Midwest ASAS to discuss recent research on sow feeding during gestation and lactation as well as the feeding of young pigs both pre-weaning and in the nursery.

Productive pigs require a healthy, stable gut environment under all conditions, during every phase of production. Weaning is an especially stressful time. The transition from sow’s milk to dry feed often affects gut health in the young pig, which can open the way to disease in the nursery.
Image: Charles Leblanc
Healthy populations of beneficial gut bacteria help pigs resist stress and perform better, as shown in studies scheduled for presentation at Midwest ASAS. Five presentations focus on post-weaning nursery pigs: 

  • Effects of Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product on growth performance, nutrient digestibility, and fecal microbiota in weanling pigs -- RX Lan, JM Koo, SI Lee, JH Cho, and IH Kim (Abstract 175, March 14, 5:00-5:45 pm, Grand Ballroom Foyer)  
  • Supplementation of a Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product can attenuate the acute phase response following a lipopolysaccharide challenge in pigs -- PR Broadway, JA Carroll, NC Burdick Sanchez, BE Bass, and JW Frank (Abstract 307, March 15, 9:15 am, Room 401)
  • Effects of Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product supplementation in different nutrient density diets on growth performance, nutrient digestibility, fecal microbiota and fecal noxious gas emissions in weanling pigs -- RX Lan, JM Koo, SI Lee, and IH Kim (Abstract 152, March 15, 1:45 pm, Room 314-315)
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product modulates inflammatory activity by regulating the TLR4 and NFkB expression in porcine peripheral blood mononuclear cells after lipopolysaccharide challenge -- SI Lee, JM Koo, RX Lan, and IH Kim (Abstract 158, March 15, 3:15 pm, Room 314-315)
  • Effect of a Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product and dietary antibiotics, alone or in combination, on nursery pig performance and frequency of medical treatment -- J Acosta, JW Frank, and JF Patience (Abstract 251, March 16, 9:45 am, Room 308-309)
In addition, researchers also address the nutritional health of gestating and lactating sows: "Effects of Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation product supplementation in late gestation and lactation on sow and litter performance, milk components, and fecal Clostridium perfringens" -- TC Tsai, HJ Kim, X Wang, BE Bass, JW Frank, and CV Maxwell (Abstract 286, March 16, 7:30-8:15 am, Grand Ballroom Foyer).

See the complete ASAS Midwest Meeting program HERE.
Visit the Diamond V site HERE.

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