Maintaining a healthy gut throughout all stages of development can help support lifetime health and performance in both the sow and her piglets.
Sow Gut Health
Ensuring optimal sow gut health is fundamental in achieving genetic potential in both the sow and her progeny. Driving piglet health through maternal nutrition can be a cost-effective way to support lifetime performance, boost unit success and maximise profitability.
Supporting a Healthy Gut
Sows fed Orego-Stim at weaning demonstrate a relative increase in abundance of Lactobacillaceae. This includes lactic acid producing bacteria which are helpful in maintaining a beneficial pH gradient through the gut and managing unwanted pathogenic bacteria. This beneficial shift in gut bacteria can support piglet health, through improved immunity transfer from sow to piglet.
Increased piglet throughput
Orego-Stim Improves Number of Piglets Weaned Through Maternal Feeding
(CISS, IL. USA)
This study demonstrated that the number of piglets weaned from sows fed diets supplemented with Orego-Stim has been shown to be increased by 11%. This improved throughput provided a margin over feed value of £59 per sow.
Body Condition Score
Successful management of sow body condition can help to reduce sow mortality and lameness, helping to improve the reproductive performance of your herd.
Sows fed Orego-Stim had:
- More consistent feed intakes during lactation
- Improved body condition score retention
- Improved maintenance of condition both pre- and post-farrowing
- Significantly increased BCS at weaning.
Piglet Gut Health
Driving piglet performance through improved maternal nutrition is a cost-effective way to maximise lifetime performance and health of growing piglets.
Early microbial colonisation in young pigs provides a window of opportunity to modulate the gut microbiome and achieve long–term benefits on immune development, resistance to disease and digestive efficiency.
Supporting a Healthy Gut
The suckling period is a critical time in a piglet’s life for the acquisition of a healthy gut microbiota, necessary for the development of digestive function, gut barrier protection and immune development. Analysis of the piglet microbiota at 2 and 4 weeks of age revealed a decrease in Enterobacteriaceae at weaning in litters supplemented with Orego-Stim compared with the control. Enterobacteriaceae include Salmonella and E .coli and therefore, reducing levels may help to lower risk of scour at weaning.
Piglets from sows receiving Orego-Stim had a significantly increased body weight and improved average daily gain at one week of age.
Post-weaning, piglets from Orego-Stim fed sows had improved performance which continued through to finishing, increasing body weight at finish by 3.4 kg compared to piglets from control fed sows.
- Piglets from Orego-Stim litters had a reduced incidence of health problems, resulting in a 4.2% reduction in therapeutic treatment and a reduced mortality from 14.3% to 10.9%.
- The number of piglets removed has been shown to be significantly lower in piglets from Orego-Stim fed sows, helping to improve overall unit throughput and reduce reliance on medicinal intervention.
- Zinc Oxide Alternatives
Orego-Stim supports piglet health and performance in the absence of zinc oxide (ZnO)
Zinc is routinely used to control post-weaning scours and reduce the severity of the associated post-weaning growth check, however therapeutic zinc use has been linked to environmental pollution and antibiotic resistance in some bacteria, such as MRSA.
The European commission has banned pharmacological levels of zinc (>150ppm) in piglet diets by 2022. The ban has led to concerns regarding piglet performance and welfare, as well as substantial estimated losses of €1,080 million/year for the EU pig industry. A substitute for therapeutic zinc oxide needs to be found in order to maintain health and productivity.
Orego-Stim has been shown to provide an effective alternative to zinc oxide in piglets post weaning, helping to maintain average daily gain in the absence of ZnO and provide savings of €0.20 per kg piglet gain.
Orego-Stim Provides an Effective Alternative to Zinc Oxide in Piglets Post-Weaning
- Antibiotic Replacement
Orego-Stim supports piglet health and performance in the absence of antibiotics
Orego-Stim is an effective tool in supporting producers in the fight against AMR, which is particularly important for colistin and enrofloxacin, as they are classed as Critically Important Antibiotics, the efficacy of which must be safeguarded. Orego-Stim can help to maintain optimum piglet health and performance in the absence of antibiotics.
In a study conducted from weaning for 21 days, Orego-Stim fed piglets had:
- 0% mortality, as did piglets fed the diet supplemented with the antibiotic Baytril. This was 11.1% lower than control piglets and 5.6% lower than the colistin supplemented group.
- Reduced positive E. coli counts in faecal samples.
- Reduced diarrhoea scores post-weaning compared to the control and colistin treated groups, whilst matching the performance of Baytril.
- A significantly increased average daily gain.
- Related Trials
Key Orego-Stim Trials in Swine:
- Quality Guaranteed
From Process to Product
The natural Oregano Essential Oil (OEO) in Orego-Stim is extracted from Anpario’s exclusive oregano strain, cultivated organically in central Europe. From point of harvest through the unique extraction method and onward production processes, we protect the active properties in the natural oil to ensure a high-quality product every time.
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Anpario take quality very seriously and testing starts before plants are harvested. Samples are taken from the crop to determine the levels of the main active ingredients, carvacrol, ρ-cymene and thymol, and at exactly the right time, the plants are harvested and brought to the distillery for oil extraction by steam distillation.
Anpario’s procedures of regular and routine testing of our oregano oil is essential and ensures that the Orego-Stim you buy is the same every time, avoiding undesirable variability.
Processing and manufacture
Significant research and expertise underpins the manufacture of the Orego-Stim product range, available in powder or liquid form.
Specially selected mineral carriers ensure a free-flowing and homogenous finished powder product. This is vital to any manufacturing process to allow even dispersion in the final feed. Orego-Stim Powder is then packed into foil bags and sealed to maintain the freshness over the two year shelf life. The selection of emulsifier and unique manufacturing process ensures our liquid formulation disperses easily and thoroughly in water for easy application.
Orego-Stim is unique as only the natural whole oil is used.
Orego-stim contains naturally occurring compounds which work in synergy to offer several well-documented properties and functions of OEO.
Natural Whole Oil
Consistency in every batch
Oregano Essential Oil used to produce Orego-Stim consists of 100+ naturally occurring active compounds, frequent monitoring ensures consistent quality batch after batch, which is vital to ensure product performance.