Research programme on sow and piglet nutrition

Animal nutrition NewsNewslistResearch programme on sow and piglet nutrition

22 / 06 / 2016

A research program conducted by Tereos Beghin Meiji, which will end at the end of 2016, shows the importance of early nutrition to optimize growth piglets performance and health. All these results have led or will lead to scientific publications, and a doctoral thesis will be presented in autumn 2016 in Rennes.
With these results, Tereos Beghin Meiji has created a folder that provides the necessary scientific support to claims related to the stimulating effect of scFOS on the immune response in case of challenge, in agreement with the European Regulation 767/2009 .

A recent study published in Journal of Functional Foods demonstrates a potential interest of early supplementation in short-chain fructooligosaccharides (scFOS) to enhance vaccine response, to promote growth and health, both in animal and human nutrition. The study, conducted by Cindy Le Bourgot at INRA Saint Gilles, France, in partnership with the prebiotic fibre producer Tereos, investigated in pigs the effects of maternal and post-weaning scFOS supplementation on humoral response of piglets after influenza vaccination. These results confirm the functional activity of scFOS as an immune- and growth-modulator according to a period-specific dependent effect. It reinforces the interest of supplementing infant formula with scFOS to stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria, increase the diversity of the gut microflora and promote the immune response in infants. For breeding, scFOS supplementation may be one of the nutritional answers to reduce the use of antibiotics.


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