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PIGS and Money

BY IOANNIS MAVROMICHALIS, Ph.D.
imavromichalis@wattglobal.com

Disease control: A new
role for animal feed
additives?
Is there a different dosage for animal feed additives used for therapeutic purposes as opposed to prevention? Any gut-health additive is recommended at a
specific dosage, often regulated by the law or through the registration dossier of
each product according to local requirements. But, in many cases, these dosages
are best estimates on what the animal needs versus the cost that can be spared
by the person who buys the additive. As such, most additives are used at "prevention" dosages, quite often assuming the co-presence of other such gut-health
products.
But what happens when animals get sick? Diarrhea often is asymptom of
many diseases. In several cases, the use of most additives is deemed ineffective,
and the veterinarians, correctly, prescribe antibiotics to combat the problems.
The question is often asked, what would happen if in anticipation of a problem
we were to use higher "treatment" dosages of additives? Would this minimize
the risk of a disease outbreak?
In reality, we do not know. It is logical to assume that some additives could
work like that, but others would be completely ineffective. In fact, some additives shouldn't even be there to unburden a diseased animal from having to
cope with all the different compounds we feed them every day (another logical
hypothesis).
Clearly, all these are good ideas for research, and perhaps it would be best to
start digging deeper into additives as disease control supplements instead of just
another growth-promoting agent! ■

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pig International - January/February 2017

Pig International - January/february 2017
Contents
Managing livestock antibiotic resistance with diagnostics
How to quantify health status in farm animals
6 major piglet diarrhea causes and their management
Boosting piglet immunity with colostrum
Practical grinding guidelines for pig feeds
How to train gilts for electronic sow feeding systems
Fermented liquid pig feed benefits outweigh drawbacks
5 new smart farming pig products from EuroTier
VIV Asia 2017 to represent entire animal protein chain
Pigs and Money
Industry Happenings
Products
Marketplace
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Pig International - January/February 2017 - Contents
Pig International - January/February 2017 - Pigs and Money
Pig International - January/February 2017 - Industry Happenings
Pig International - January/February 2017 - 5 new smart farming pig products from EuroTier
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Pig International - January/February 2017 - Managing livestock antibiotic resistance with diagnostics
Pig International - January/February 2017 - 11
Pig International - January/February 2017 - 12
Pig International - January/February 2017 - 13
Pig International - January/February 2017 - How to quantify health status in farm animals
Pig International - January/February 2017 - 15
Pig International - January/February 2017 - 6 major piglet diarrhea causes and their management
Pig International - January/February 2017 - 17
Pig International - January/February 2017 - Boosting piglet immunity with colostrum
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Pig International - January/February 2017 - 20
Pig International - January/February 2017 - 21
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Pig International - January/February 2017 - VIV Asia 2017 to represent entire animal protein chain
Pig International - January/February 2017 - Practical grinding guidelines for pig feeds
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Pig International - January/February 2017 - How to train gilts for electronic sow feeding systems
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Pig International - January/February 2017 - Fermented liquid pig feed benefits outweigh drawbacks
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