BicarZ for pigs-swine

Stable but threatened Swine production

Today more than ever, you are facing many uncertainties and threats to the pork industry: international environment, health crises, societal pressure. Some solutions can help you overcome this such as taking into account the well-being of your animals, investing efficiently, saving energy and optimizing feed. The calculation of the Electrolytic Balance is part of this approach and Bicar® Z enables you to optimise it.

 

Why using Bicar®Z for pigs? 

Improving pig growth and the quality of its meat

Increasing the "Average Daily Gain" (ADG)

In most trials, the use of Bicar®Z helps to increase pigs' intake. The consumption of Bicar®Z by the sow thus helps to maintain milk production and significantly reduce the weight loss of piglets due to the end of lactation.

Tests carried out in 2012 by the Belgian agricultural institute ILVO on finishing pigs show that pigs to which 0.5% of Bicar®Z was added to the ration had an increase in intake of 7.7% and an Average Daily Gain from 5.3% to 8.3%. 

Improving the quality of the meat

Bicar®Z helps to improve the classification and quality of the carcass: the muscle content increases because the depth of the muscle also increases and the thickness of the fat decreases.

It is also noted that the meat is more tender and juicy when BicarⓇZ is added to the drinking water before slaughter, without altering the taste or colour of the meat.

Bicar®Z prevents health problems due to a rich diet

BicarZ for pigs-swine-piglets

The feed for pigs is particularly well optimized, but rich in energy that predispose to acid-base imbalances.

The result is a decrease in blood pH, characteristic of metabolic acidosis, which can reduce feed efficiency (reduction in Average Daily Gain - ADG) and affect the health of the livestock. Pigs may be prone, for example, to reduced performance, gastric and intestinal ulcers or musculoskeletal disorders (lameness, osteochondrosis).

A natural buffer to prevent acidosis and heat stress in pigs.

As with ruminants and poultry, high-performance, high-energy feed makes pigs prone to acid-base imbalances, particularly metabolic acidosis. 

They are also sensitive to high temperatures which often generate heat stress, the consequences of which can be : 

  • A higher body temperature, 
  • An increase in respiratory rate, resulting in a decrease in blood bicarbonate levels, 
  • Significant sodium loss through the urinary tract,
  • But also a decrease in performance (growth, feed efficiency, sow milk production and fertility).    

Learn more about heat stress    

Thanks to the buffering power of bicarbonate, Bicar®Z helps to reduce metabolic acidosis and heat stress for swine. It is also a pure source of chlorine-free sodium that effectively compensates for sodium losses.

Managing reproduction more efficiently 

Bicar®Z contributes to increasing the survival rate of piglets and shortening the reproduction cycle.