Healthy piglets after weaning with Babistar Safe
All over the world, the pressure to reduce antibiotics for piglets after weaning continues to increase. Europe has reached consensus to re-abolish the permission to use ZnO for weaned piglets. Spain made the regulations for the use of colistine for weaned piglets stricter and China did the same. Even in the USA, new legislation was adopted to reduce the use of antibiotics. Major steps have been achieved in the Netherlands. Even here though, combining piglet health and technical performance remains a point of attention. Nuscience developed a new prestarter for this purpose: Babistar Safe.
The vision of Nuscience is that promoting the health of piglets and reducing the use of antibiotics should not start after weaning. Instead, from birth, it is important for piglets to have: a healthy sow, good hygiene in the farrowing stall, good colostrum intake, early feed intake, and a prestarter to kick-start enhancing the piglets’ health. For this purpose, we created the prestarter Babistar Safe in the new Babi® range. This is a safe prestarter, a powerful enhancer of intestinal health without affecting the piglets’ feed intake and growth.
In addition to elements such as gut flora regulating additives and strong focus on protein digestibility based on the choice of feed materials, coarseness, acid-binding value of the feed and regulation of the time spent in the stomach, Nuscience applied some more innovative concepts in the Babi Robust feeds. This is based, on free, unbound and activated medium-chain fatty acids, specific and purified fractions of non-fermentable fibre sources and natural antioxidants with high bio-availability. In field experiments with Babistar Safe, antibiotics use was reduced to zero in the first two weeks after weaning, while growth performance remained at the same level (170 g/day of daily growth), and reduced mortality of the piglets (-0.6%).