Lallemand Animal Nutrition has announced that its live yeast probiotic strain Saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii CNCM I-1079 (Levucell SB) is now authorised as a feed additive for use in all pigs in the European Union.
The company said that Levucell SB is now available for all stages of the swine production cycle including: suckling piglets, pigs for fattening; boars; gilts; sows; and weaned piglets.
Lallemand Animal Nutrition said it can also be used in all minor porcine species such as wild boars and that, to date, it is the only zootechnical feed additive in the EU with such an extensive authorisation for swine production.
Mark McFarland, feed ingredient product manager for Lallemand Animal Nutrition across the UK and Ireland, said: “While the application of Levucell SB in sows and piglets is recognised to support performance, recent research conducted in partnership with the French Agronomic Research Institute (INRA) has shown very promising results on digestibility and growth performance in fattening pigs.
“These benefits were even greater under high temperatures, helping the animals to cope with the deleterious effects of heat stress. With high temperatures that can be encountered during summer, this new authorization comes at a perfect time in the EU.”