The Tonisity Approach

Challenge, Solution, Proof

The Tonisity Total Programme addresses a number of key challenges which a pig faces over its lifetime.

Challenge:

Pre-weaning mortality is the most prevalent economic and welfare issue in pig production globally, and generally varies between 5-40%, representing a significant loss of income for producers.

Solution:

Tonisity has conducted numerous trials on pre-weaning mortality around the world, and we’ve found that by feeding Tonisity Px to pigs from days 2-8, on average we see a 30% reduction in mortality. In Spain, we saw a 75% reduction in PWM (16-009-P-R). In the USA, we saw that 81% of the pigs experienced a 51.6% reduction in mortality (18-015-P-P).

I have been giving Tonisity Px to all my piglets from the 2nd to the 8th day, since September 2017. I am seeing a clear reduction in mortality, especially in sows of row 1 and 2 (33% improvement). On average I wean one extra piglet per sow per year, which gives me a very good return on investment Benoit Poulain, France

Challenge:

Piglet diarrhea, or ‘scouring,’ is a common event during the neonatal and post-weaning phases of life. It can be caused by a variety of factors, and often proves fatal.

Solution:

In a US trial in which the participating pigs were all scouring, after combining mortality and fall-behind data, the Px group averaged a 42% reduction in these categories (15-004-P-R). When we did a similar US trial one year later in a scouring farm, the recovery rate after 5 days was 71% in the Px group compared to only 62% in the control. Tonisity Px pigs were 1.48 times more likely to recover in that time period (16-004-P-R).

There was a slight increase in weaning weight with the trial group, but what we found interesting is the difference in mortality rate, which was 20% in the control group and only 6% in the trial group. Also, there was less incidence of diarrhea. What was not as obvious in the result is that many of the fall-behinds we had at weaning were able to catch up at the nursery. We also observed that there wasn’t much of a weaning lag. So definitely we are happy with the results. Dr. Benita Magannon, Philippines

Challenge:

If your pigs aren’t gaining weight, you aren’t maximising your profits.

Solution:

We’ve observed improvements in weight gain in various trials in the US and Europe. In the US, the Px group pigs weighed 100g more at day 8 and 783g more at day 40, an increase of 10% in ADG (16-011-P-R). In Poland, the Px pigs weighed 1.7kg more with a 30 g/d increase in ADG, as compared to the control (17-031-P-R).

With the first batches, I recorded 8kg extra live weight for the same age at the end of the fattening period, when compared to previous batches that did not receive Tonisity Px. The first 1,100 pigs that have received Tonisity Px in the farrowing house had an average carcass weight of 97kg at 176 days, and their weight gain from weaning to market was improved by 11% when compared to the results of the previous semester. Germain Berthevas, France

Challenge:

Milk replacers are a common feed supplement, but they require significant upfront investment and continuous maintenance.

Solution:

In a Dutch trial, we found that when Tonisity Px is combined with a milk replacer, it gives piglets 16 times more energy as compared to milk replacer alone. Furthermore, when examined individually, the Px pigs were 0.51kg heavier than control pigs and 0.3kg heavier than the MR group. During post-weaning the Px group weighed 8.24kg on average compared to MR group (17-035-P-R).

For me, Tonisity Px works better than any milk replacer. I have less mortality before weaning. Tonisity Px is also easier to handle and dissolves quickly. There is no leftover product in the pans. Piglets also grow better and after weaning I experience less problems. Jan Huybregts, Belgium