Vitamin E can neutralize affects of bad grain on pigs
When the harvest is brought in and the pigs start to be fed with the new
grain, problems with the productivity of the pigs are often seen.
Reproduction problems, poorer gain and an increased
mortality often occur when feeding with newly harvested grain is started up.
Extra vitamin E prevents this.
When the grain is harvested there are still a lot of biological processes
going on in the grain. These processes continue until the grain is sufficiently
dry for storage and this may take 1Â½-2 months. The activity is biggest at unripe
and moist grain. Therefore the grain should not be harvested until it is ripe
and should the harvest get moist, then it should be dried in a hurry. At
gas-tight storage of the grain the lack of oxygen will stop the activity of the
In grain there are enzymes, which ripen the seeds. When the grain is grinded
these enzymes become active. The by-product of this enzyme activity is peroxides
and free radicals. These substances are aggressive to the cell level, and in
this way the animals' ability to grow and thrive is reduced. The good old "news"
is that vitamin E can neutralize these aggressive
phenomenon about newly harvested grain is also called fresh-grain-poisoning. The
negative impact on the productivity results in poor reproduction and reduced
gain at the pigs. In the worst case several pigs die due to lack of vitamin E.
New insights in vitamin E seem to indicate that there also should be focus on
vitamin K when extra vitamin E is applied. Trials have shown that an increased
consumption of vitamin E also increases the need for vitamin K. Increased
frequency of bleedings from the stomach/intestine system are symptoms in the
herd by lack of vitamin K.
New supplementary vitamin E
Vitfoss has developed a vitamin E product, which contains
both vitamin E and vitamin K. The product is called Suplex E-50000/K/Selenium.
For every tons feed 1-1.5 kg is used. Remember to hold in readiness for use
before harvest. Then problems with fresh-grain-poisoning can be
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