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LIQUID FEEDING: GETTING PROBIOTICS TO GO THE EXTRA MILE

September 2, 2014

The key to unlocking the higher growth performance potentials of your feed is through liquid feeding or fermented feeding.

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Nowadays, pigs are practically fed with pelletized feeds. This is a straightforward practice among pig raisers. When we introduced Feedpro and its procedures in feeding, there was resistance from farmers. Many began asking questions on how it is prepared and why Feedpro should be fermented prior to feeding to pigs. It is interesting to know how Feedpro feeds help sustain pigs’ health to attain better or the best performance results ever after the culture period.

Unlike other feeds Feedpro is the only natural animal feeds available in the market. As we said mainly in our claims through seminars, radio interviews and even the social media advertisements, Feedpro feeds is manufactured without any inclusions of antibiotics, synthetic chemicals, animal hormones, and animal by-products such as blood meals, bone meals, feather meals, rancid poultry and hogs meats. By formulation alone Feedpro feeds uses natural feed materials like corn, soya, organic plant extracts, natural vitamins and minerals and Probiotics which are essential ingredients in making Feedpro feeds.

Why we need to ferment Feedpro feeds?

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If we read articles about animal digestion process, we learn that it is necessary to an animal to ingest feeds that can be easily digested. Digestion is the breakdown or dissolving of solid materials into simpler chemical compounds through the action of enzymes. Some pelletized feeds are hard to breakdown into smaller pieces and therefore can sometimes be the cause of an upset stomach. We have to be careful when feeding because all the nutrition the pig ingests goes through the simple stomach.

Feedpro being natural feeds is made of specialized pellets that contain a coating material. The pdi or durability is about 94 to 96 in all type of Feedpro feeds. And so we suggest that before feeding to pigs, preparations have to be made by fermentation to soften the material or nutrients for easy digestion. At the same time the Probiotics and other organic acids incorporated in the formulation will again be activated, to aid stomach activity or digestion process. The fermented feed is in liquid form (thus, the other term, liquid feeding).

To ferment the feeds, simply soak the Feedpro feeds in a certain ratio of water and place in room temperature (far away from hot temperature). After 12 hours of fermentation, it can be fed to pigs. Although not needed, we still allow the addition of Probiotics enhancers like Lactic Acid Bacteria and organic catalyzers during the time of preparations but it must be clear to the farmer that proper protocol must be followed.

What are the Advantages?

The advantage of liquid feeding or fermentation is minimized food loss from food particles or food “dust” during handling and feeding. There is an enhancement of the living environment of the pigs and control of respiratory diseases due to the reduction of dust in air. There is also improved Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR) and an increase eating rate in all age of pigs. Lastly, liquid feed is palatable to the pigs.

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Performance Results

Performance results of liquid feeding include the following: reduction in feed wastage, improved enzyme activity, increased acidity of the diet, improvement of the Probiotic environment of the stomach, strong and fast absorption of feed nutrients, fast conversion and incorporation of nutrients into the protoplasm of the cells. The pig being fed with natural feeds or Feedpro experiences fast growth especially in the early stages up to growing stage. This was observed and recorded incessantly from the start of technology up to present. To get more effective and best result on the performances using the optimum nutrition from Feedpro we suggest adopting breeds upgrading. The speedy increase in weight of pigs during the 1st to 3rd month of age fed with natural feeds is a remarkable point of reference in pig raising business.

Protocol

To ferment Feedpro and employ liquid feeding, simply soak water (preferably dechlorinated water) on the dry pellets in a covered container for 8 to 12 hours before feeding to the pigs. Use the ratio 1:3; that is, 1 kilo of dry pellets to 3 liters of water.

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