Traditionally in swine nutrition much focus is placed on energy, protein and/or amino acid requirements for the young pig, however improving their trace mineral status of is also vital for optimal growth and efficiency.
Of particular importance post-weaning is iron (Fe), which is a key component of the haemoglobin in red blood cells, and as such is critical to oxygen transport through the bloodstream. Higher levels of Fe are known to increase the level of haemoglobin in the blood, boosting oxygen supply to the cells and ultimately improving growth.
In this article, published in International Pig Topics (Vol 31, No. 2), Dr Casey Bradley discusses how near elimination of phytate from the diet through phytase superdosing has an important role to play in improving the Fe status of young pigs.