The amino acid L-glutamine shows promise as an alternative to antibiotics and growth promoters for piglets.
Agricultural Research Service (ARS, part of USDA) scientists found that L-glutamine fed to piglets produced positive growth and health effects. This news comes at an opportune time in light of the 2017 Veterinary Feed Directive banning the use of antibiotics in swine diets for promoting growth.
ARS scientists investigated L-glutamine as a natural remedy to improve intestinal health of piglets undergoing stress and improve welfare and productivity. In a recent study, the researchers weaned and transported piglets and then fed them a dry-feed diet formulated in 1 of the following 3 ways:
Antibiotic reduction: A selection of articles that explores different areas of animal production that can be optimised to better protect animals, which in turn, diminishes the need for preventative or sub-therapeutic medicine.
ARS has filed a patent application for this technology.