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source of pectin.
pecially in cases when digestive disorders are already
prevalent in young animals.
Why are extracted pectins good for piglets?
We all know that weaning is one of the most critical phases for piglets concerning diarrhea.
In wild life, young wild boars are weaned after 13
to 17 weeks and therefore have a prolonged time to
cope with the change from liquid milk feed to solid
plant-based feed. Under current farming conditions,
our piglets are weaned on an average of 28 days. With
the sudden change in feeding behavior, we try to attenuate by elaborate livestock management systems where
feeding strategy plays a crucial role to prevent intestinal disorders. For example, early triggering of the
gastrointestinal tract with solid feed containing plant
derived fiber may be helpful for adaption to the new
feed during weaning.
The main risk of diarrhea is a massive loss of
water along with electrolytes. Pectin as a hydrocolloid binds water physically. In case of diarrhea, the
passage rate of the chyme through the gastrointestinal
tract will be reduced and the piglet will get more time
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