Swine

Research: Ultracare® Gel and Ambitine® Together Supported Heavier Finishing Pigs

Young Animal : Nutrition

Stacie Crowder,

Lead Swine Nutritionist, Swine Technical Innovations

Research shows feeding pigs UltraCare® gel through the weaning transition and Ambitine®, a late-finishing feed additive, beginning at day 115, supported a 5.3-lb. improvement at finishing, as shown in Figure 1.
 
Weaning pigs and finishing pigs are challenging tasks in pork production. Providing the right swine nutrition at the right time can keep your pigs on track for steady, profitable performance. 
 
These feeds work together to support the pig’s gut as its nutritional needs changed from the challenges of weaning pigs to the challenges of finishing pigs.

Challenges for finishing pigs

Late finishing is considered a challenging phase in pork production, second only to weaning. As pigs grow, the risks increase for:
  • Poor feed efficiency
  • Increased sensitivity to heat stress
  • Increased disease risk because pigs are in the barn longer
Research shows UltraCare<sup>®</sup> gel and Ambitine<sup>®</sup> supported heavier finishing pigsThe small intestine is the key player in all production phases because it absorbs the nutrients a pig eats. After feed is broken down in the pig’s stomach, it enters the small intestine where nutrients are absorbed via thousands of finger-like projections called villi. Longer, well-formed villi help pigs absorb nutrients at higher levels. Pigs with shorter villi have less surface area for nutrient absorption.
 
A healthy small intestine with well-developed villi is one result of a strong start and key to success when weaning pigs and finishing pigs. Researchers at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center have evaluated the power of creating fast starts in the nursery with UltraCare® gel  and strong finishes with Ambitine®, a late-finishing feed additive that supports gut integrity.
 
Research shows pigs fed UltraCare® gel through the weaning transition (from days 0 to 4 post-weaning) overcame the stress of weaning sooner and demonstrated improved growth rates post-weaning.
 
To complement this strong start, the same pigs’ rations were supplemented with Ambitine®, a late-finishing feed additive, at day 115. The combination at the beginning and end of production supported a 5.3-lb. improvement at finishing, as shown in Figure 1.

Correct swine nutrition in all phases

The pig’s digestive tract and villi evolve throughout the pig’s lifetime. Introducing the right swine nutrition at the right time can help weaning pigs power through transportation and other stressors they encounter on the road to becoming finishing pigs. Support optimal gut health by selecting timely nutritional solutions that help pigs address the stressors they face from the time they enter the nursery through finishing.
 
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