Functional ingredient from fermented vegetable waste streams to diminish the use of antibiotics in pig husbandry
PLANTIBIOTICS aims to put in the market an innovative functional ingredient obtained from the refinement of vegetable waste.
Provalor has obtained a functional extract from fermented vegetable remnants through their ad-hoc exclusive methodology. When included as a functional ingredient in pig feed in an amount of 0.02-0.05%, it promotes agglutination of hazardous bacteria in the pig’s gut, allowing them to get expelled with the faeces, minimising illnesses and reducing the necessity of the use of antibiotics.
Antibiotics are a key tool against infectious bacterial diseases. The use of sub-therapeutic doses of antibiotics in food-animal feeds (growth promoters) has become a very common practice to prevent animals from catching diseases and to improve production performance in intensive animal husbandry, but this practice has been banned since 2006. This is a big issue, in the EU and worldwide, and great effort is being put to find viable alternatives. Actually, there is a recently constituted Focus Group within EIP-AGRI, dedicated to “Reducing antibiotic use in pig farming”. They encourage to “further examine use of plant-based pig feed additives”.