Pig Challenges



Gut Integrity

Maintaining intestinal health is important in producing profitable pigs. The intestinal tract is the one of the largest organs in the body, giving rise to the largest surface area for the absorption and digestion of nutrients. An undernourished or unstable intestinal tract of the piglet (especially in the period post weaning), leads to poor digestion, reduced nutrient absorption, suppressed immunity, increased growth of pathogenic gut bacteria, scouring and diarrhoea and increased mortality. It affects appetite and reduces growth rate. One disease challenging gut integrity is PRRS, which is estimated to cost the US pig industry $664 million a year. ‘Feeding the gut’ therefore plays an essential role in ensuring good overall health and performance in the post-weaned piglet, with the target objective of achieving a 65 lb piglet at 10 weeks of age.

Pig Challenges