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currently represents 5 percent of
pig production costs (University
of Wageningen 2011). These costs
amount to 23 Euro cents per kg of
slaughter weight and are set to increase
further between now and 2013. There
are many factors that can influence
the negative environmental impact
associated with pig production, but
the pig's diet has the greatest impact.
So what happens if we change our
perspective on feed formulation and see
that what we are actually doing is managing
the composition of manure? How does
it change the way we formulate feed and
value individual ingredients in the face
of increasing environmental regulations
and the challenge of foaming manure
pits? In terms of contributing to overall
profitability, should we put a higher value
on feed additives that not only help to
reduce the cost of the feed formulation
but at the same time reduce the cost and
increase the safety of manure disposal?

Managing optimal health
Taking more sustainable action in the
way we feed pigs includes finding more
effective and safer solutions to manage
gut health for more efficient nutrient
utilization and healthy pigs. In the past,
antimicrobial growth promoters contributed
to the prevention of gastrointestinal
bacterial infections caused by various
stress factors. Experience has told us
that because the use of antibiotic growth

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promoters is thought to cause antimicrobial
resistance, it is not a sustainable option
in the long run. Antimicrobial resistance
is a concern to consumer safety, and
the effectiveness of antibiotic growth
promoters could be reduced over time.
Looking at feed not just as a source
of nutrients to the pig, but also to the
microbial populations in the gut, enables
us to modify diets to gain much greater
control over the composition of the gut
microflora and support the animal's
natural defense mechanisms to stress
factors more flexibly and efficiently than
antibiotic growth promoters ever could.
Learning how to profile and monitor
different gut bacteria, gaining a greater
understanding of the optimal growth
conditions of these bacteria and how they
interact with gut integrity, immunology
and colonization resistance all contribute
to further innovation in formulating pig

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diets with greater returns and promoting
optimal animal health. Companies with the
relevant research capabilities stand to gain
the most in terms of the understanding
required for real advancement in
feed science and innovation.

Positive outlook for 2012
Formulating pig diets for profi t
will remain a challenge and requires
strong innovative capabilities. If you
have not committed to a new year's
resolution, why not visit a company
of a friend in a different industry and
learn about how they do things? Invite a
supplier whose scientific and innovative
capabilities you admire to be a partner
in your innovation process. They can
look at what you do with a fresh pair
of eyes and very possibly help boost
your innovation and capability to find
solutions for feeding pigs.
PIGI

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for Danisco Animal Nutrition.

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