News last update:6 Aug 2012

Managing pig health with probiotics

Scientists from the Elizabeth Macarthur Agriculture Institute near Sydney, Australia are being trialled by scientists from the Elizabeth Macarthur Agriculture Institute near Sydney.

The research trials will be undertaken at pig farms in New South Wales, Australia to investigate whether a combination of probiotics used at birth and after weaning could provide "a complete process" for managing pig health, and reduce over-reliance on antibiotics.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) immunologist, Dr James Chin, said a new designer lactic acid bacteria probiotic developed in collaboration with a commercial partner, International Animal Health, has already been tested on a herd of 53 animals, and has significantly improved weaner weight.

Now, a new three year research project is being funded with the help of the Pork Cooperative Research Centre and International Animal Health.

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