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Blood plasma, as its name suggests, is derived from the blood of different pigs. This is normally extracted from blood directly after slaughter and can be broken up into three parts: lymphocytes and platelets , red blood cells, and plasma. 

The blood plasma , then, consists of 92 percent of water and 2-9percent of proteins. These proteins are present for 36 percent of globulins, of big significance for living animals since they help boost their immunity against pathogens. Hence blood plasma could be described as a highly concentrated and healthier supply of proteins.

 blood plasma use in piglet diets

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Reduction of antibiotic use

When antibiotic use has to be decreased, the direction at farms needs to be brought up to some high degree. More focus and possibly radical changes need to be created in sow direction, creep feeding, weaning period, barn climate, farm hygiene, and water quality. 

Gut health may also be improved through the inclusion of feed additives (amino acids, medium-chain fatty acids, essential oils, enzymes, pro-/prebiotics, MOS, ZnO), also through feed processing by paying additional attention to particle size, pelleting and/or enlarging piglets feeds.

Additionally, the formulation may also help improve the gut health of piglets. Antibiotics amongst others reduce the conversion of bile salts and therefore increase absorption of fats. 

Antibiotic usage in piglets is decreasing, but use in weaners and fatteners is rising. Plasma is a workable functional protein to improve feed intake and enhance gut health.

Practical Use Of Blood Plasma In Piglet Feeding