Want to give proper nutrition to your pigs? Looking for the benefits and ways to give vitamin b-complex?
In this article, we will explore the importance of proper nutrition in pigs. Then we will show a few symptoms of Vitamin B-complex deficiencies and excesses. Also we will provide you the benefits and programs of using Vitamin B-complex in Pigs.
To learn what is the importance of Vitamin B-complex supplementation in pigs, read the article below for an easy-to-follow walkthrough or watch this video:
Dr. Mary Grace Humarang-Alba is a graduate of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in University of the Philippines in Los Banos. She has expertise in farm trouble shooting, focusing on swine production, health and management. Cureently, she is the Technical Consultant for Swine of Elanco Philippines, Inc.
I) What is the Importance of Balanced Nutrition?
Pigs get balanced nutrition mostly from the feeds that we give them. These nutrients are affected by other factors like environment, feed digestibility, feed quality and other factors to keep the pigs healthy.
Pigs use these nutrients and energy in maintaining the body’s temperature, metabolism and excretion of body waste in urine and feces. Also, these are used for defense against diseases. But mainly it is essential for growth and weight gain.
The growth rate of pigs (Average daily gain) is directly related to the nutrient intake of pigs. If the nutrients are deficient, pigs will grow slowly. Moreover, excess nutrients can cause toxicity which is also not beneficial. So we need to maintain the proper nutritional requirements to reach our target weight.
But what may cause poor nutrition in pigs? Stress is the primary cause. This can be due to environmental or management problems in the farm. Examples of these are enumerated below:
Feed-related disorders can also lead to poor nutrition in pigs.
Therefore, to ensure our pigs get the proper nutrients needed for growth and weight gain, we need to supplement them if you think they are not getting enough nutrients due to stress or other factors involved.
II) What are the Symptoms of Vitamin B-complex deficiencies and excesses?
Vitamin B-complex Deficiencies
If sow have Vitamin B-complex deficiencies, they may exhibit Anestrous. It may also cause anorexia, decreased farrowing rate, reduced feed intake, reduced litter size and small or weak piglets.
Vitamin B-complex deficiency in piglets and growing pigs may show the following symptoms (figure _).