July 4, 2016

Phosphagenics completes feed performance study in grower and finisher pigs




Australian biotechnology company, Phosphagenics Limited, reported the results of its proof-of-concept study in grower / finisher pigs, assessing the potential for additional performance benefits of TPM® as a feed additive.


The grower / finisher study was the second of two independent studies designed to assess the commercial value of TPM® as a feed additive in the pig production market.


The first of these studies, which reported earlier this year, demonstrated that TPM® treatment statistically improved performance in newly weaned pigs (i.e. feed conversion rate (FCR)). The recently completed second study indicated that, unlike the positive response in young pigs, older pigs treated with TPM® (at doses 5 to 30 ppm) did not demonstrate significant improvements in performance, as assessed by FCR and carcass yields.


Piglets - 7-14 days post weaning - experienced an increase in stress combined with a decrease in the immunity bestowed by their mother. As they have not as yet fully formed their own immunity, their long term development can be compromised by a number of risk factors. It is believed that treatments which benefit the piglet during this critical period can positively influence growth rate and efficiency of feed utilisation throughout the pig's entire development.  The combined results from our studies suggest that initiating TPM® treatment in immature or newly weaned pigs may be more beneficial than initiating TPM® treatment when the pigs are older.


"The main objective of these two studies was to understand and assess the value of TPM® supplementation across the production lifespan of commercial pigs", said Dr Roksan Libinaki, general manager of Animal Health and Nutrition business at Phosphagenics. "Undertaking studies such as these, assessing TPM® during various growth phases, will help define TPM®'s optimum positioning as a feed additive in the commercial pig market."


Dr. Ross Murdoch, CEO of Phosphagenics, added: "We remain committed to the concept that TPM® has potential as a livestock feed additive.  I believe the results we have achieved to date provide important insights which will help our discussions with potential partners."

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