Farmers around Europe is right now either preparing for the harvest season or is already harvesting.
We have seen hot days already and can probably expect a few more months with high temperatures. Hot weather can cause challenges - especially for sows - but also weaners and finishers are exposed to high temperatures. Even if you do not add Betain to your feed mixes – it is still relevant. It helps to avoid heat stress during the hot period by preventing dehydration, which is crucial especially for lactating sows that need to keep a high feed intake and a good milk yield.
In addition to heat stress during the summer challenges often appear in the production with fresh grain poisoning and toxin contamination.
At Vilomix we recommend to use the toxin binder X-Bond preventively until the level of contamination is known. The challenges with new grain poisoning is based in that there is still activity of certain enzymes in the freshly harvested grain. The activity of the enzymes causes free radical formation and thus destroys the feed's content of essential fatty acids. Ultimately, it has an impact on the feed's natural content of vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin D and vitamin C, as these are partially broken down and destroyed.
Reduced growth, increased feed consumption, reproduction problems among sows and sudden deaths are often seen in herds as a consequence