Pectinase for piglets makes the difference

AveMix® 02 CS : The only EU-registered pectinase containing enzyme combination for piglet feed that makes the difference Prestarter and starter phases are critical periods in pig production. During these periods, piglets face drastic changes in their feed composition.
AveMix® 02 CS enzyme combination for piglet feed that makes the difference

AveMix® 02 CS : The only EU-registered pectinase containing enzyme combination for piglet feed that makes the difference

Prestarter and starter phases are critical periods in pig production. During these periods, piglets face drastic changes in their feed composition. Going from exclusive sow milk to very complex and highly digestible prestarter feed to a lower digestible starter diet after 5 or 6 weeks of age. Starter diets generally contain a bunch of raw materials more complex to digest due to their extra amount of fibers. Piglets at this stage do not have a fully developed digestive tract which hampers correct digestion of this kind of diet. It is the critical moment to support piglets digestion with a strong enzyme concept able to break down a wide range of non starch polysaccharides. Piglets’ health and performance status during this period will affect the total efficiency of the pig until slaughter.

The right combination: a matter of substrate

Compared to prestarter feed, starter feeds are generally characterized by higher amounts of vegetable ingredients rich in protein such as soybean meal, sunflower meal, rapeseed meal and other by-products as sources of nutrients or energy. These by-products contain higher levels of fibers compared to highly digestible ingredients used in prestarter diets.

Xylan, glucan and pectin: predominant fibers structure in piglets feed

AVEVE Biochem, in collaboration with a Belgian university, has analysed the fibers fraction of more than 50 ingredients used in animal nutrition. In this research, the monomers (building block of the fibers) obtained by the complete hydrolysis of the fiber fraction have been analysed by gas chromatography.

The results, the amounts of each monomer give an indication on the most relevant types of fiber in each raw material (figure 1 at the bottom).

Arabinoxylan (detected by the presence a.o. of arabinose and xylose in blue), glucan (indicated by the presence of glucose in yellow) and pectin (indicated by the presence a.o. of galactose and uronic acid in green) are predominant in the fibers fraction of almost all feed ingredients. This study also shows that pectin is present in large quantities in protein-rich vegetable ingredients such as soybean meal, rapeseed meal or sunflower meal. To tackle this extra amount of specific fibers, AveMix® 02 CS has been formulated taking the feed NSP fibers profile into consideration. AveMix® 02 CS is characterized by high contents of glucanase and xylanase and is the only EU-registered enzyme product which guarantees an extra pectinase activity.

Customers feedback: the most reliable source of validation

Feed additive market inside and outside Europe is very competitive and many enzyme concepts are available. Among all the possibilities, it can be complex for users to make a choice between all of them. To deal with that, it is common practice for users to test different enzyme concepts in animal trials. AVEVE Biochem often gets feedback from customers challenging different enzyme concepts in order to evaluate which enzyme concept fits the best in their piglets diet. Here below are the results of three recent trials performed against competitor EU products.

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