High-fiber feed keeps the intestinal flora in piglets fit.
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High-fiber feed keeps the intestinal flora in piglets fit.
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Hamlet Protein has developed a new fiber product specifically for piglet nutrition. These functional fibers are intended to both facilitate the transition at weaning and provide producers with another option for animal nutrition without zinc oxide.

While the therapeutic use of zinc oxide (ZnO) has been shown to be very effective in preventing diarrhea in piglets after weaning, the use of ZnO in piglet diets has not been shown to be effective in preventing diarrhea in piglets after weaning. However, with zinc oxide set to be banned for soil conservation reasons, producers must turn to alternative strategies to maintain animal performance and health. Hamlet Protein is focusing on fiber-rich diets and has developed the HP Fiber Boost product.

This allows producers to combine fiber with a plant-based protein source of their choice, according to Hamlet Protein. While HP FiberStart combines enzymatically processed protein and fiber raw materials, HP FiberBoost is a pure fiber product with functional fibers made specifically for piglet nutrition, he said. The product meets market demand from producers interested in pure fiber without the addition of protein, the release added. "In addition to protein, HP FiberBoost also offers the opportunity to optimize fiber content in starter and/or sow diets," it added.

Erik Visser, CEO of Hamlet Protein, commented, "We do not believe that a single product can replace the current use of zinc oxide. ZnO-free pig production requires improvements in many areas, including farm management, biosecurity, genetics and nutrition. The introduction of dietary fiber as a functional ingredient to stimulate the gut and ease the transition at weaning is part of Hamlet Protein's strategy to help swine producers transition to a zinc oxide-free diet, he said.