Deutsche Tiernahrung Cremer

Optimized piglet feed for rearing

Happy piglets: Plant substances not only act as antioxidants, they also reduce stress for piglets during weaning or feed changeover.
Happy piglets: Plant substances not only act as antioxidants, they also reduce stress for piglets during weaning or feed changeover.

For the 2022 harvest, Deutsche Tiernahrung Cremer has adapted the recipes for the piglet feeds of its deuka and Club brands. Extensive studies show an improvement in feed conversion and an increase in daily gain for piglets.

With the comprehensive adjustment of the prescriptions for the first time also an enzyme ferment is used in the piglet range, communicates the German animal food Cremer (DTC) further. The conversion of the recipes of the piglet rearing feeds (FAZ I-III) will take place in August nationwide in all plants.

Three components improve piglet feed

Three adjustments are at the heart of the formula optimization. The most important innovation, according to DTC, is the inclusion of an enzyme ferment. This is a byproduct of solid-state fermentation that contains high levels of a wide variety of enzymes. The enzymes increase nutrient and protein availability in piglets. The prebiotic effects they cause also had a positive effect on the microorganisms in the intestines, thus increasing the well-being of the young animals. A similar product has already been used successfully by Deutsche Tiernahrung Cremer for many years in sow feeding.

Another innovation is the addition of polyphenols. These are secondary plant substances that belong to the group of antioxidants, the company adds. Polyphenols help protect piglets from oxidative stress caused by weaning stress, feed changeover, ranking fights or infections. Possible consequences are reduced performance and intestinal problems. The plant substances bind free radicals and thus reduce stress at the cellular level and its consequences.

Finally, in the future, all piglet feeds will contain phytogenic additives, DTC said. The additives are plant substances that stimulate appetite and aid digestion. They occur naturally in oregano, fennel and anise, for example.

Better feed conversion and daily gains

According to the DTC, the economic advantages of optimizing the deuka piglet concept have been proven by two studies carried out on practical farms. Feeding was compared with the previous and optimized recipes. The studies* showed an increase in daily gain per piglet of 20 grams. In the group of piglets weighing between 6.9 and 8.0 kg, the increase in daily gain was as much as 35 percent (see graph).

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At the same time, average feed conversion improved from 1.52 kg feed per kg weight gain to 1.47 in the weight range between 6.9 and 22.0 kg. According to DTC, this represents a reduction of nearly 3.5 percent. Extrapolated to an average farm with just under 1,500 piglets, this reduced feed by over 1,100 kg per run (up to 22 kg piglet weight). If piglets weighing up to 28 kg or heavier are reared, a feed saving of over 1,600 kg can even be assumed.

*On test farm No. 1, the piglets were fed deuka primo start on the sow and then 10 kg of deuka primo safe until release. On test farm #2, the investigators fed deuka primo wean to the sow, deuka primo start after weaning, and then 11 kg of deuka prim o safe until weaning. The duration of feeding was 36 days.