One of the main troubles right after weaning is the reduced and irregular feed intake of piglets. This leads to disrupted gut development creating opportunities for potential pathogens like E. coli and Strep. suis to cause further damage. To avoid this, a high-quality diet should be fed with a close eye on protein digestibility, fibre content and feed palatability.
One of the ingredients to consider for diets just before and after weaning is Prosaf®. This pure yeast extract has a high concentration of crude protein and is highly digestible due to its small sized peptides as proven by Schothorst Feed Research. As Prosaf® is obtained by autolysis of proprietary Saccharomyces cerevisiae baker’s yeast strains, it is entirely soluble and rich in essential amino acids. The high concentration of 11% glutamic acid ensures a positive effect on feed intake around weaning.
In various trials Phileo has evaluated the impact of Prosaf® on feed intake and performance of piglets. In these trials, Prosaf® has been added to the trial diet while maintaining iso-nutrient to the control diet. Often, protein sources like soy protein concentrate, fishmeal and SDPP are reduced from the formulation when Prosaf® is being added.