18 July 2011
Kiotechagil Seminars Highlights Chinese Quest To Improve Feeding Efficiency On Farms
Kiotechagil China, a subsidiary of Kiotech International plc has sponsored a series of pig production seminars around China assisting the Chinese in improving the feeding efficiency on their farms.
Murray Hyden, director of biosecurity at Kiotechagil UK presented an overview of specific organic acid preparations, probiotics and active carrier systems available to optimise intestinal health targeted mainly at weaning pigs.
Dr Carsten Pedersen, independent consultant for the European livestock industry provided a thorough overview of pig production in Europe before going on to discuss production results from both the UK and Denmark.
China is the biggest pig and pork producing country in the world, accounting for more than 50 per cent of the world’s pigs. With a growth forecast of 3 per cent this year China will produce a massive 51,500 tonnes of pig meat in 2011. More than double the entire EU forecast.
“China is a hugely important market for us,” said Kiotechagil’s Murray Hyden. “Our company has recently completed a number of product registrations for products formulated specifically for pig production. These can enhance the health and wellbeing of the pigs in China and help improve the number of weaned piglets per sow produced per year.”
Dr Pedersen described the effect of the antibiotic ban and the experimental work undertaken to find alternatives capable of maintaining health and performance after antibiotics were banned in the EU.
Data presented by Dr Pedersen showed that UK producers average 23 weaned piglets per sow compared with 29 in Denmark while China is averaging 17 weaned piglets a year.
“China, unlike the EU, currently has heavy antibiotic consumption,” said Murray Hyden. “In our seminars we showed the results from many independent trials comparing and highlighting the effectiveness of essential oils, enzymes, probiotics and organic acids.”
The seminars were held in Xiao Shan, Guang Zhou, Yichun and Zhang Shu. A visit was also made to a new government sponsored 2000 sow farm currently under construction.
For further information:
Murray Hyden, contact 01909 537387 or see www.kiotechagil.com or email email@example.com
Dr. Carsten Pedersen, Livestock Feed Consultancy Ltd. www.livestockfeedconsultancy.co.uk