Newly weaned pigs need to eat in order to thrive. Hubbard Feeds recently introduced GutCIE, which stands for “Gut Conditioner, Intake Enhancer,” an all-natural lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product designed to promote gut health and productivity.
“When the pig’s gut is in good condition, there is less inflammation and better nutrient absorption, which means piglets get off to a good start,” noted Stewart Galloway, senior swine nutritionist, Hubbard Feeds.
Galloway said research trials have shown GutCIE can increase feed intake and average daily gain by as much as 5% during the first 21 days in the nursery when compared to a control group — an advantage of up to 1.7 lb./pig.
“If pigs are not slowed down during the starter phases, they will have less weight variation in the finisher,” he continued. “Plus, some producers want to be prepared for a day when antibiotics may not be around. If pigs have higher feed intake and improved gut health, they have a reduction in disease-causing bacteria and fewer problems with scours.”
Leon Sheets asked when GutCIE should be used in the diet, and if it was designed to be added to the feed or given through a medicator.
“We would like to see GutCIE added to the diet at weaning,” Galloway explained. “It is a stand-alone product that can be added to feed. GutCIE should be fed for up to three weeks, at which time pigs are transitioned to a corn-soy diet. The product can be fed when antimicrobial products are also being used, but it is not administered via a medicator.”
Galloway recommended a 4 lb./ton inclusion rate for GutCIE. The cost is $3.50/lb.
The new product panel liked the company’s sound approach to establishing gut health. “It was interesting to see the trial data showing that the pigs maintained their weight advantage,” Yeske noted. “It is good to have another option while working to eliminate scours,” Sheets added.
Learn more about GutCIE at www.hubbardfeeds.com.