The swine industry is entering a new frontier in health science with the latest development created to give newborn piglets a helpful dose of minerals and amino acids. Irish company, Tonisity, has developed a water-soluble formula that when fed to piglets it gives them an energy boost. Tonisity PX is based on the idea that piglets can — and will — drink water during their first 16 to 24 hours of life.
“Our research shows that giving a piglet 5 milliliters of PX on their first day of life and providing this to the piglet for the next weeks can protect the piglet from scours and vomiting and overall lower piglet mortality,” says Tonisity director Arie Halpern noting that PX is designed to be given in addition to colostrum — not as a substitute.
Providing piglets with PX from day one helps the gut to mature faster and to increase weight gain giving the piglet more strength to combat viruses and stress.
The main sources of piglet mortality come from sow’s crushing their piglets, insufficient energy consumption, and their inability to fight off disease.
And with piglets experiencing their lowest ability to cope with disease and energy intake during their first 1 to 3 days of life, PX may give them the boost that they need.
Palatability is key to feeding neonatal pigs
In a US trial PX was given to sick piglets that would have been discarded. 75 percent of the piglets recovered. After administering PX on day one piglets are provided with the solution in their pen.
Three percent of the formula is minerals, amino acids and sweeteners, the other 97 percent is water. This combination works to nourish the intestines and provide additional hydration. “This is highly palatable for the piglet,” Halpern says. “And since this helps the piglet feel better than he will want to eat more.”
Halpern sees a lot of potential for hog producers to use PX during farrowing and weaning to reduce animal loss. In a trial on a farm in Northern Ireland the PX formula reduced the mortality rate of newborn piglets by 4 to 13 percent.
“If you strengthen the immune system of the pigs then for sure it will help them combat viruses,” says Halpern. He says that while initially the goal for PX was to help piglets combat viruses such as PEDv and African Swine Fever there are many cases such as at weaning time when PX has proven to be helpful.
Commercial Trial Results to Come in Fall 2015
Currently three separate commercial trials are underway in Spain to test the effectiveness of PX; as an antibiotic-free solution, as a solution used at weaning time and as formula given to piglets at farrowing. 10,000 pigs are involved in the trials that will be completed in fall 2015.
The PX formula is based on the Oralade® formula used commercially for cats and dogs internationally. Tonisity PX was established in 2014 based on the idea that piglets that drink nutrient-enhanced water at day one will be stronger, healthier and ultimately bring in profits for the producer. “This could change the behavior of how pigs are raised,” says Halpern.
PX will be available to veterinarians in Europe in fall 2015 and will be available to veterinarians in the US in 2016.
Watch a video on the product by visiting http://tonisity.com/video
From Swineweb.com Editors