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Dr Christine Potthast from Agromed.
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Dr Geert Bruggeman from Nuscience. Dr Pierre Cozannet from Adisseo.
6 BEC Feed Solutions focuses on gut health
BEC Feed Solutions re- cently hosted a breakfast seminar at the Rydges South Bank Brisbane where attendees heard from key industry ex- perts who discussed op- timal nutrition solutions for swine production.
dition to soluble prebiotics. Dr Potthast offered up functional lignocellulose from fresh wood as a pos- sible solution for a fibre concentrate used with a low inclusion rate as it combines insoluble and
low mortality figures (0-1 percent), unlike the con- trol treatment, with a 7 percent mortality rate.
By degrading NSP in short saccharides, Rova- bio provided more sub- strates for the gut bacte- ria, which were able to produce more lactate and acetate, and then more propionate and butyrate.
Kicking off the semi- nar bright and early was Agromed R&D director Dr Christine Potthast who talked about fibre as a key for gut health man- agement.
fermentable fibre.
As described by Dr Pott-
Numerous trials pre- sented by Dr Bruggeman highlighted that Aro- mabiotic performs on a similar level to antibiotics in terms of antibacterial activity, minus the nega- tive drawbacks associated with antibiotics.
In a wheat/barley/rye- based diet, Rovabio pro- moted the synthesis of propionate and butyrate, which are the final prod- ucts of the metabolisation of monosaccharides by the gut bacteria.
Dr Potthast spoke about the benefits of adding fi- bre to the diet of gestat- ing/lactating sows as well as piglets.
Next to present at the breakfast seminar was Nuscience R&D manager Dr Geert Bruggeman who discussed the Aromabi- otic pig: the way to reduce antibiotic dependency.
In the gastrointesti- nal tract, Aromabiotic is highly antimicrobial and effectively reduces path- ogen virulence, while at the host level, it improves intestinal morphology and improves immunity.
Dr Cozannet began by discussing gut health equilibrium and how the hindgut function can be modulated.
Dr Cozannet concluded gut physiology and health are still an issue, and pigs, poultry and humans are comparable in this regard, making human nutrition research a valuable infor- mation source.
She noted that choosing the right fibre was key to a healthy gut environment.
In a trial on an experi- mental Australian farm, adding A romabiotic on top of the in-water medi- cation (amoxycillin trihy- drate, lincomycin/spectin- omycin) showed a signifi- cant improvement in aver- age daily gain (15 percent) and feed conversion ratio (minus 10 percent).
He found the main keys to improve gut health are feed formulation (fibre properties, protein fer- mentable content etc) and feed additives (erasing microbiota, changing re- lationship among mucosa and microbiota and shift- ing microbiota).
When formulating a diet you can consider tradi- tional fibre sources such as wheat bran, sugar beet pulp and soybean hulls, within limits, but you should also think about the fibre properties (soluble, insoluble, fermentable), mycotoxins and other un- desirable substances in ad-
Dr Bruggeman estab- lished that reducing an- tibiotic resistance is a global challenge and he believes Aromabiotic pre- sents the answer.
Rovabio Excel (a feed additive with a combina- tion of 19 active enzymes produced by only one non-genetically modified fungus) was dissected and attendees were shown the impacts on intestinal health of supplemental feeding with the product.
hast, Agromed’s OptiCell is one such second-gen- eration lignocellulose that harnesses a synergistic combination of ferment- able and non-fermentable dietary fibre.
six, eight, 10 or 12 carbon atoms.
The final presenter at the BEC breakfast seminar was Adisseo Feed Digest- ibility research manager Dr Pierre Cozannet who talked about the potential of feed enzymes for pig gut health.
Aromabiotic is a medi- um-chain fatty acid that is saturated, unbranched and monocarboxylic with a chain length of either
Aromabiotic without the medication obtained com- parable daily growth per- formances while FCR was significantly improved by 7 percent.
Summarising the effect of Rovabio Excel, in a corn-based diet, Rovabio promoted the synthesis of short-chain fatty acids.
For further information on any of the findings or products discussed, please contact BEC Feed Solu- tions on 1300 884 593 or visit becfeedsolutions.
Both treatments with Aromabiotic showed very
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The three international presenters each received a gift of gratitude from BEC.
The breakfast seminar was well attended by industry professionals.

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