Organic minerals can increase pigs claw health
Claw health in pig herds is an overlooked problem,
which has a great impact on welfare and number of culled sows. Supplementing the
pigs with organic minerals can increase the claw health, according to Hans Aae
from Vitfoss in Denmark.
Historically speaking there has not been any focus on claw health in pig
production. Often farmers try to solve leg problems by applying extra phosphorus
- and mostly without any effect. In addition, when farmers want to increase claw
health, the focus is often on increasing the biotin in the diet.
greater effect can be achieved when organic micro-minerals (zinc, copper and
manganese) are supplemented together with the biotin.
Vitfoss therefore carried out several field trials with their organic
mineral product for sows: Vit-Omic.
It was shown that after six months
the claw health was significantly improved. Also the number of leg treatments -
using antibiotics - was reduced with 55%. Farmers that use the organic mineral
mixture on their farms also see fewer culled sows, better functioning sows in
the farrowing pens and better growing weaners.Return of investment
According to Vitfoss, Vit-Omic costs around €3,500 per
year for a 500-sow unit. Saying that the number of culled sows is reduced with 9
animals per year, a farmer could save on the following items:
Less dead sows (5%):
Less antibiotic consumption: €1,150
Less work: €1,050
productivity (0.5 litter more per sow): €10,000
Return of investment can
then easily be 7:1, besides the welfare issue.Related website Vitfoss Subscribe here
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