Friday, August 29, 2014

Mixed message for piglet rations

Centralia College has issued a report on research that indicates that adding spray-dried animal protein to nursing-piglet rations counters the negative impacts of vomitoxin from corn rations.

It would be nice if the researchers would also draw attention to recent findings that spray-dried pig plasma has been fingered as responsible for 17 outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea in Ontario since late January.

The research at Centralia indicates that when spray-dried animal protein is added to rations where the corn has been contaminated with DON toxin that evolves from fusarium-mould-infected ears of corn, they fare just as well as piglets fed corn-based rations that have no DON toxin.

DON in piglet rations sets them back; PED virus kills.