Use of intestinal conditioner pronutrients as an alternative to zinc oxide for the control of post-weaning diarrhea
The aim of this trial was to compare the effect of intestinal conditioner pronutrients and zinc oxide on productive parameters and control of post-weaning diarrhea in piglets.
66 piglets were separated in two batches with 3 repetitions per batch. Evaluation was performed from weaning, at 28 days of life, till 57 days of life. One batch received the product rich in intestinal conditioner pronutrients at a dose of 0.5 kg/t, and the other batch received zinc oxide at 2 kg/t.
The use of an intestinal conditioner reduced the presence of diarrhea by 42% compared to the use of zinc oxide (4.18% vs. 7.21%), and diarrhea appeared in the batch treated with pronutrients were milder than the ones appearing in the batch treated with zinc oxide. In addition, an improvement in the productive parameters in the pronutrients batch was also observed. These facts confirm that the use of an intestinal conditioner is a good alternative to the use of zinc oxide.
This product rich in intestinal conditioner pronutrients is commercially available under the name of Alquernat Nebsui.