OFF TO A GOOD START WITH PRESTARTERS and concentrates
Once piglets have received colostrum and are well into the habit of suckling, there are many benefits to be gained from supplementing the sow’s milk with a tasty prestarter.
The sow’s milk is essential for healthy piglets. High-quality feed also helps prepare piglets for weaning. What’s more, it ensures good growth in the farrowing unit, and for the first few weeks after weaning.
Feed uptake is crucial for the piglets to get off to a good start in the early weaning unit. Studies have shown that piglets on average grow 50 grams more after weaning when they have ‘learned’ to eat in the farrowing unit.
A good rule of thumb is to go for feed uptake of 0.80 kg/day on average from 6-30 kg.
If the piglets fail to get a good start to feeding in the farrowing unit, it can often mean farmers being forced to use expensive prestarter feed for an extended period – which has an impact on the bottom line.
A worthwhile investment is to go for every pig in the farrowing unit to eat 0.9 kg. This will ensure:
OPTIMUM ADAPTION TO SOLID FEED
HEIGHER WEIGHT ON WEANING
HIGHER END WEIGHT WHEN LEAVING THE WEANING UNIT
A good start benefits the pig all the way to 30 kg
A good prestarter pays off in the long run.
Practical experiences show savings of 0.03 EUR/kg growth from 6 – 30 kg and more than 3 kg higher weight when leaving the early weaning unit.
Feed intake the first 14 days is crucial to the subsequent welfare of the pig, and higher daily gain makes good financial sense.
COMPOSITION AND CONTENT
80% of a pig’s immune system lies in the intestines. That’s why Vilomix believes in composing feeding solutions capable of maintaining the correct bacteria levels found there.
Protein from monotonous sources will starve the beneficial bacteria. That’s why Vilomix uses a wide range of easily-digestible proteins to put as little strain on the intestinal system as possible.
Prestarters from Vilomix are composed of ingredients with a high nutritional value for suckling and weaning pigs, and are customised for use in both the farrowing and early weaning units. Apart from ingredients with a high digestibility, our solutions contain various additives to promote well-being and daily gain.
Blood plasma and fishmeal – excellent protein sources for piglets!
Fishmeal and blood plasma have good amino acid profiles for piglets. Studies have shown that animal protein improves feed intake and daily gain, with low feed consumption.
Furthermore, blood plasma contains immunoglobulins that strengthen the pig’s own immune system. Lactose is a vital source of energy and protein for piglets. The level of lactose content must be suitable for piglet age.
COMPONENTS IN THE PRESTARTERS
Heat-treated grain and maize
PRESTARTERS and concentrates FROM VILOMIX
POWER PIG YOGHURT:
A unique milk replacer containing yoghurt supports the balance of the gut. Very well suited for the first period in the farrowing unit and baby unit, where the piglet is learning
Several different highly digestible and gentle protein sources are included. The blend is primarily based on milk.
THE PIGI GENTLE SERIES:
Prestarters that quickly get pigs going with eating, while the main focus is on well-being and health.
The solutions in the Gentle series are composed from the good experiences from Vilomix on feeding without medical zinc oxide.
Up to six different highly digestible protein sources secures a smooth and gentle blend optimal for piglets. Furthermore the products also contain BioPro Antibac, which is a blend of organic acids and fatty acids that combined create a good microbial balance in the gastrointestinal system.
THE DANSTART GENTLE SERIES:
The Danstart Gentle concentrates are developed to enhance a high feed intake and to accommodate the special challenges that piglets undergo at weaning. Vilomix has a great focus on including gentle and easily digestible protein sources. Crude protein levels are reduced without compromising the amino acid profile.
The concentrates also contain good fiber sources to support the balance of the gut and yeast culture to help the balance of the small intestine. All Danstart Gentle concentrates have a high content of lactose to ease the transition from sow milk to solid feed. Organic acids as BioPro Antibac and BioPro Smart are part of all products in the series to further support the gut.
Get to know all on the prestarters and concentrates from Vilomix
With our distinct series of prestarters and concentrates Vilomix covers you when you want to boost the growth among your suckling and weaning pigs.
Focus is on the best high-quality components within the categories of grain, proteins, additives, vitamins and lactose.
If you want to learn all on the Power, Gentle and DanStart series - feel free to download our brochure!
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