Nutrition Notes Effect of Supplemental NutriVantage® Hydra on Performance and Economics in Weanling Pigs Facebook Twitter LinkedIn NutriVantage Hydra is a highly refined, flavored, soluble nutritional supplement that may help support the immune system of pigs, especially during times of stress. NutriVantage Hydra contains a fresh water humic acid (a high-density source of medium-high carbon) that may help the immune system. Vitamin C is also included as a key antioxidant that can help performance in stressed pigs. In addition, it contains a source of vitamin D (25(OH)D3) that has greater bioavailability and absorption than just feeding vitamin D3. Furthermore, supplemental vitamin E is also included, which provides a major antioxidant that protects cell membranes and tissues, such as the liver, from oxidative damage. In the trial shown below (Table 1) with weanling pigs (20 days old), we used NutriVantage Hydra at 2 ounces in 1 gallon of water to make a stock solution which ran through a medicator or proportioner set at 1:128. This supplement was used for the first 7 days on test for Groups 2 and 3 when the pigs arrived at the Kent Nutrition Group (KNG) Product Development Center. Group 3, received NutriVantage Hydra for an additional 7 days, but at half the rate (1 ounce in 1 gallon of stock solution). The pigs in Group 1 received plain water throughout the trial. When the NutriVantage groups completed their supplementation, the pigs then received plain water as well. The pigs were fed Kent grind and mix diets in 3 stages (Days 0-7, 7-14 and 14-35). &fnbsp; Table 1: Effect of Nutrivantage® Hydra Suppplement on Performance and Economics in Weanling Pigs1 Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 NutriVantage Hydra (1st 7 days) at 2 oz/gal stock √ √ NutriVantage Hydra (Days 7-14) at 1 oz/gal stock √ Number of Pens 14 14 14 Initial Weight, lb 13.87 13.88 13.63 Days 0-35 ADG, lb .704b .758a .722ab Cost/lb Gain, ¢ 1.710 1.678 1.728 Net Return, $/Pig@ 60¢/Lb Live Wt 24.12 23.38 24.08 Cost of NutriVantage Hydra/pig², $ 0 .033 .065 Adjusted Net Return/pig, $ 9.18 9.73 9.10 Death Loss, % 8.93a 4.86ab 3.37b KNG 4N-73 ÅMeans with different superscripts in a row are significantly (blue) different (P ≤ .05) Ç$94/2.5 lb pail = $4.70/2 oz serving of NutriVantage Hydra; $4.70/128 gallons = $0.0367 per gallon of water consumed during Days 0-7 for Groups 2 and 3. With Group 3, the cost would be $0.01835 per gallon of water consumed since the inclusion level was 1 oz per serving from Days 7-14. Pigs that had NutriVantage Hydra in their water for either 7 (Group 2) or 14 (Group 3) days post-weaning had gain responses of 7.6% and 2.6% respectively, compared to those on water alone. Moreover, the adjusted net return value was $0.55/pig greater for pigs on NutriVantage Hydra for 7 days compared to Group 1 without NutriVantage Hydra. This adjusted net return reflects the value of gain (@ $0.60/lb live weight) minus the feed cost for the gain minus the just over 3 cents of cost per pig for the NutriVantage Hydra. In regard to death loss, we observed a 45% and 62% reduction in death loss for pigs in Group 2 and 3, respectively, compared to those in Group 1. Table 2 illustrates the economic losses (does not account for any feed expenses) that occur from these differences in death losses when applied to a commercial nursery unit. Table 2: Impact of Loss In A 1200-Head Nursery Unit Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 NutriVantage Hydra Supplement (Days Used1) None 7 14 Death Loss, % 8.93 4.86 3.37 Number of Dead 107 58 40 Economic Loss at $42/SEW Pig $4,494 $2,436 $1,680 Åsee Table 1 for usage levels BOTTOM LINE Using a natural and efficient delivery system by means of KNG’s NutriVantage Hydra supplement via water proportioners, has potential for positive performance and economic results. NN 03-11-19-Effect-of-Supplemental-NutriVantage-Hydra-On-Performance-and-Economics-In-Weanling-Pigs.pdf">Download PDF Related Nutrition Notes Low Soybean Meal Ration Recommendations For NexGen® Starter Program Soybean meal is a valuable protein source in pig diets. It has an ideal blend of amino acids, which comes very close to meeting the nutritional requirements of growing pigs…. Read More Supplemental Amino Acids In NexGen® Starters By James Smith, Ph.D., Senior Technical Swine Nutritionist, and Michael Edmonds, Ph.D., Vice President, Swine and Poultry Nutrition Conducting amino acid studies to fine-tune our pig starters are one of… Read More Fortification Of NexGen® Starters With Kent Natural Yeast By James Smith, Ph.D., Senior Technical Swine Nutritionist, and Michael Edmonds, Ph.D., Vice President, Swine and Poultry Nutrition Developing nursery feeding programs to enhance the growth, efficiency and health of… Read More Want to learn more from KNG research? Give us your email address to be notified when we publish new Nutrition Notes articles.