dsm-firmenich - THE transformational partner of choice to accelerate your piglet vision of health & welfare

Addressing these concerns while improving piglet health and reducing piglet mortality requires a multi-faceted approach.

At dsm-firmenich, we partner with you to help you transform the health and welfare of your piglets. Our local swine experts will work with you to co-create programs tailor-made to your objectives, your concerns, and your market, all utilizing our approaches to prepare, protect and support resilience of your piglets. With innovative and proven nutritional solutions and services, we are dedicated to helping secure your future. 



PREPARE - Immune Competency Development 

In this brief video, Sara Hough, D.V.M., our Sr. Regional Technical Services Manager, shares her insights on the immune challenges facing young pigs and what you can do about it.

Immune competency development

Immune competence is a natural and cost-efficient way to take a preventive approach to maximize piglet health and piglet nutrition. However, many factors can compromise a piglet’s immune system: 

  • Low birth weight. Improvement in prolificacy has led to an increase in the number of piglets with low birth weight and piglets that have been subjected to intra-uterine growth retardation (low birth weight < 1 kg).
  • Large litters. A large litter size can mean a longer farrowing duration, which can lead to less IgG in the blood. This can result in less robust piglets with lower immunity.
  • Nutritional adaptation of sow feed. The content and quality of sow feed can influence vitamin status of piglets at birth and weaning. This impacts their immune acquisition and has a significant impact on the robustness and the maturity of piglets.
  • Improper microbial colonization. Because 70% of immune cells are in the gut, early microbial colonization of the piglet gut plays a key role in immune competence development.

Our approach

Our multi-faceted approach starts by targeting piglet immune competency via early microbial colonization of the gut and systemic immune transfer from sows to piglets. With our alternative nutritional solutions via sow’s nutrition, milk replacers and creep feed, we can help produce the heaviest and strongest piglets at weaning by developing immune competence.

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PROTECT – Optimizing Gastrointestinal Functionality

Jon Bergstrom, Ph.D., our Sr. Technical Support Manager, shares his knowledge of gastrointestinal functionality and how to keep young pigs on the right track to help them stay healthy and thriving.

Optimizing gastrointestinal functionality

Gut functionality is a key target during the acute phase of weaning to help meet antibiotic reduction goals.  There are several common reasons why piglets’ gut functionality could be compromised:

  • Stress. Weaning is accompanied by an acute period of stress, which is characterized by a drop in feed intake. The decrease in feed intake and the change from milk to feed modifies the gut ecosystem and architecture.
  • Bacteria. Opportunistic Gram-negative bacteria can dominate and cause piglet diarrhea if not controlled.
  • Developmental stage. At weaning, piglets are immature and their enzymatic capacity to degrade fiber and to digest protein and starch is not fully developed.
  • Anti-nutrients. Piglets are particularly sensitive to anti-nutrients coming from feed, but also from dead bacterial cell wall components and contamination of raw materials by mycotoxins.

Our approach

Supporting the healthy functioning of the gut is the second step in our approach. This step focuses on deactivating negative anti-nutrients in feed and reducing their effects on the gut thus helps to avoid piglet leaky gut, reduce local inflammation and tackle Gram-negative bacteria.

We propose dedicated nutritional solutions via piglet feed, with optimum feed recommendations and formulation coupled with anti-nutrient quantity evaluation (e.g., fiber, phytate, mycotoxins, etc.) to avoid gut dysfunctions such as piglet diarrhea.

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SUPPORT RESILIENCE – Enhancing Digestive Efficiency

Lan Zheng, Ph.D, our Technical Services Manager, shares her perspective on "resilience" and how to help pigs fight challenges, recover and perform to their full potential.

Optimizing digestive efficiency

Optimized digestive efficiency and nutrient supply is critical to shorten the growth lag post-weaning and support genetic potential. Early performance during the post-weaning period affects overall swine performance and production cost. Our goals are to:

  • Shorten the acute phase of weaning. Shortening the acute phase of weaning and supporting a rapid return to optimum performance (resilience), is critical to economic interests.
  • Maximize nutrient availability. Growth potential and muscle deposition are high during the starter period and are directly linked to the availability of digestible nutrients.
  • Boost digestive efficiency. This allows piglets to access more digestible nutrients and is a must for optimizing piglet performance and enabling them to reach their genetic potential.

Our approach

We help pigs perform closer to their genetic potential by shortening the resilience period.  To do this, we optimize digestive efficiency by unlocking feed nutrients that enhance growth, health and cost efficiency.

Our nutritional solutions support growth, piglet health and cost efficiency by using optimal and intelligent digestibility enhancers to help you get the most out of piglet feed ingredients and reduce gut inflammation due to antigens from feed.

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