A 15% increase in piglet daily live weight gain from seven
days of age until a week after weaning, and a 17% boost
over the subsequent two weeks are the benefits claimed
for a new diet sweetener from C&H Nutrition.
In an independent feed trial in Germany, pigs fed a ration
containing the saccharin-based sweetener Piggysweet averaged
236g/day up to a week after weaning. Pigs on the control
diet averaged 207g/day. Between days 7 and 22 days post-weaning,
the pigs on the sweetener-enhanced feed gained weight at
the rate of 298g/day, compared with only 254g/day for the
A separate choice feeding study also confirmed a preference
for a Piggysweet-enhanced diet from pigs growing between
9 and 27kg. Feed intake over the period was 35% greater
on the Piggysweet ration when compared with a diet sweetened
with a leading competitor product.
Dr Sian Ilsley says the trial results are consistent with
other European studies, which highlight the positive natural
sweetening power of Piggysweet and its ability to add value
to early grower diets.
"Based on natural plant extracts, Piggysweet is sweeter
than many other saccharin-based products and has a reduced
metallic aftertaste," she reports. "We have been
impressed with the comparative and choice feeding trial
data and believe it to be a proven piglet appetite enhancer
for UK producers."
Piggysweet can be fed to pigs up to four months of age
and is included in diets at 150g/tonne.
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