BioZyme Inc., innovators in natural animal nutrition and microbiology, is now offering a nutrient-rich, liquid supplement for commercial swine and poultry called HydraBoost™.
Offered through BioZyme’s new Imunabiotics™ brand for monogastrics, HydraBoost is a unique blend of vitamins A, D and E; prebiotics; B vitamins; sodium butyrate; electrolytes and gut health components known to combat the impacts of stress during any period of transition.
HydraBoost is powered by natural feed additive AO-Biotics™ — BioZyme’s proprietary strain of Aspergillus oryzae fungus acquired through a unique, multistep fermentation process. AO-Biotics, acting as a prebiotic, is proven to maintain gut immunity in swine and poultry, therefore increasing overall health and rapidly restoring digestive balance during times of stress, such as weaning.
“The gut is the largest immune regulator and endocrine organ in poultry and swine, making its health and proper functioning valuable to animal viability and performance,” said Bill Bayless, BioZyme Director of Commercial Sales. “In fact, up to 70% of all the cells that make up the immune system are housed in the gut.”
Piglets at Weaning
Weaning imposes tremendous stress on piglets and is accompanied by marked changes in gastrointestinal physiology, microbiology and immunology. The post-weaning decrease in absorptive capacity in weaned pigs, coupled with immature digestion, often lead to nutrient indigestion and intestinal upsets causing diarrhea, depression of growth and even death. Maintaining proper gut health immediately post weaning has value by reducing the economic losses in production associated with infections via mucosal surfaces.
Ready-to-use with no mixing required, HydraBoost is recommended for piglets days 1 thru 7 post-weaning, for up to 14 days post-weaning to help the animal recover from the stress of moving from mother’s milk to dry feed. HydraBoost also works to:
- Increase water intake
- Boost gain and homogeneity of growth
- Reduce scours and mortality
“I have been using HydraBoost in the weaner pig receiving programs on several farms. It has shown to be an easy product to use in regard to flow ability through medicators and mixing with other products commonly used in our weaner pig start protocols,” said Dr. Pat Graham DVM MS of Ghrist Vet Clinic in Pittsfield, IL. “HydraBoost has been an economical product supplying electrolyte, vitamins and prebiotics that support the overall quality and success potential of our weaner pig receiving program.”
A healthy gut is essential for the efficient conversion of feed into its basic components for optimal nutrition absorption. If gut health is compromised, digestion and nutrient absorption will be affected, and bird performance and welfare will be compromised. The gut consists of a diverse range of bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses and the development of the gut microbiota begins upon hatching, when bacteria are picked up from the environment, the feed and people. Maintaining gut health through good bird management practices is key to maintaining bird health, welfare and performance.
Directions for Usage
HydraBoost is ready to use, so there is no mixing. To use, simply put the medicator hose in the HydraBoost 5-gallon bucket and set the ratio to 1 oz. per gallon of drinking water (set medicator at 1:128). Use HydraBoost for seven days after receiving new baby broiler chicks. For weaning piglets, use HydraBoost for days 1 thru 7 post-weaning, up to 14 days post-weaning. Make sure pigs have easy access to water and that waterer height and pressure are correct.