Precision formulation for piglets: Our strategy for boosting productivity

Proper nutrition in the early post-weaning stages is essential for the healthy growth of piglets. Recognizing this, APC proposes a nutritional strategy focused on the inclusion of functional proteins Appetein GS, AP 820, AP 920 and its hydrolyzed version Pepteiva. This precision formulation method aims not only to strengthen the health of piglets in the initial stages of rearing, but also to boost the efficiency and productivity of farms until the final stage.

Several studies in the field of swine nutrition emphasize the importance of a strategic inclusion of functional proteins in piglet diets.

According to Pico and García (2022), the absence of zinc in diets amplifies the importance of including high-quality and functional protein sources (1). Coffey and Cromwell (2001) highlight that diets tailored to specific needs significantly contribute to improving growth and health indices in the early stages of piglets’ lives (2).

Phase 1: Establishing a strong foundation with 5% functional proteins

The strategy recommended by APC involves an inclusion of 5% spray-dried plasma during Phase 1. This percentage is not arbitrary but the result of studies indicating that this amount is ideal for reinforcing the immune and digestive systems of piglets, making them more resilient to health challenges and stressful environments. Van Dijk (2001) and Torrallardona (2010) reinforce this view, pointing out the positive effects on piglets’ resistance and growth when administered a diet rich in bioactive and nutritious components (3,4).

As piglets progress to Phase 2, it is advisable to maintain adequate levels of functional proteins in their diets to preserve the essential nutritional benefits obtained during Phase 1. At APC, we recommend maintaining a minimum inclusion rate of 1.5%. This tactic is an adaptive response to the physiological changes in piglets and facilitates a smooth transition to progressively less intensive diets without compromising their immune and digestive systems.

Phase 2: Continuing nutritional support with a minimun inclusion of 1,5%

Finally, Polo’s study (2023) underscores the importance of this meticulous transition, highlighting that sustained inclusion of functional proteins is crucial for maintaining consistent growth until reaching the optimal weight for the market (5).

This approach, supported by robust scientific evidence and practical field experience, transcends the parameters of nutrition to become a comprehensive strategy that directly impacts the well-being, growth, and economic viability of pig farms in Europe.

Producto AP 920 de APC Proteínas Funcionales

AP820 I AP920

Producto Appetein GS de APC Proteínas Funcionales




(1) Pico, L., & Garcia, A. (2022). Experiencias de campo sin zinc. XII Congress AVPA. Zaragoza.

(2) Coffey, R. D., & Cromwell, G. L. (2001). Effects of Experiments. Pig News and Information, 22(2), 39N-48N.

(3) Van Dijk, A. (2001). Livestock Production Science, 68, 263-274.

(4) Torrallardona, D. (2010). Asian-Australian Journal of Animal Sciences, 23, 131-148.

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