Interpretive Summary: Effect of live yeast supplementation in sow diet during gestation and lactation on sow and piglet fecal microbiota, health, and performance
By: Nathalie Le Flocʹh, Caroline Stéphanie Achard, Francis Amann Eugenio, Emmanuelle Apper, Sylvie Combes, Hélène Quesnel
Feeding live yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae var. boulardii (SB) in pig diets is recommended to promote a better health and reduce antibiotic use during critical periods like weaning. Our study was conducted to determine if SB added to the diet of sows during the last 2 mo of gestation and the 4 wk of lactation may contribute to support the health and performance of their piglets before and after weaning. We hypothesized that live SB supplementation to the sows may help improve the health and metabolic status of the sows and consequently the quality of milk and microbiota provided to the piglets. Supplementation of sow diet with SB during gestation and lactation induced modifications in the fecal microbiota of sows and their piglets. For piglets, the effects of SB fed to their mother were still observed 5 d after weaning. These modifications were, however, associated with changes neither in piglet ability to cope with the stress of weaning nor in milk nutritional and immune composition.
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