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Sow vaccination: providing maximum protection
The main vaccination programs depend on the type
of pathogen and the capacity of the antibody generated to
reach the target tissue of the piglet, where the pathogen is
active. Therefore, depending on the situation, sows may
require a double or triple vaccination, and the piglets will
also need to be vaccinated.
However, the ultimate objective is clear: increasing
plasma antibodies in the sow and transmitting them to the
colostrum. The level of antibodies in the piglet is proportional to the level in the colostrum, and is directly related
to it. This is the only way to maximize the protection of
the animal against pathogens.

Boosting the immune system through nutrition
Numerous studies have highlighted the benefits of lowdose phytonutrient supplementation to modulate the immune system in several different animal species. Among
the most promising phytonutrients identified are curcumin
and chili pepper oleoresin, which exert a synergistic effect
when used in combination. Curcumin, found in turmeric
oleoresin, is known to enhance and accelerate antigen
recognition by the host and antibody generation. However,
curcumin supplementation is associated with low bioavailability, which can be overcome with capsaicin, in the form
of chili pepper oleoresin. In addition to increasing the
bioavailability of curcumin, capsaicin is also known for its

Effect of phytogenic
supplementation on colostrum
quality (673 gestating sows)
Negative Supplemented
control
control
P-value
Total protein (%)

26.2

27.5

0.042

Albumin (%)

4.4

4.7

0.552

Sum of globulin (%)

21.8

22.9

0.084

Supplementation with specific phytogenics boosts the
levels of total proteins and globulins in colostrum.
anti-inflammatory effects.
This led to the evaluation of a feed additive consisting of turmeric and chili pepper oleoresins in feed,
as an adjunct to vaccination programs in gestating
sows, to determine the effects on antibody production
in sows and consequently, on piglet immunity and survival at weaning. 
The trial was carried out in two groups of gestating
sows receiving the colibacillosis vaccination. One group of
sows was fed a diet supplemented with the additive, while
the other group received un-supplemented feed (control).
The positive effects of the supplementation were first observed in the treatment group as an increase in the percentage of piglets born alive (+1.9 percent). Furthermore, the
colostrum in sows fed phytogenic compounds was found to
have a higher content of total proteins, which consisted of
both increased levels of albumin and the sum of globulins,

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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
Pig International - January/February 2017 - 5
Pig International - January/February 2017 - 6
Pig International - January/February 2017 - 7
Pig International - January/February 2017 - 8
Pig International - January/February 2017 - 9
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
Pig International - January/February 2017 - 19
Pig International - January/February 2017 - 20
Pig International - January/February 2017 - 21
Pig International - January/February 2017 - 22
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 - 26
Pig International - January/February 2017 - 27
Pig International - January/February 2017 - How to train gilts for electronic sow feeding systems
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Pig International - January/February 2017 - 30
Pig International - January/February 2017 - 31
Pig International - January/February 2017 - Fermented liquid pig feed benefits outweigh drawbacks
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