The Application of Vitamin C in Swine Industry

- Apr 10, 2018 -

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a white or slightly yellowish crystalline powder that is easily soluble in water and is mainly found in some green feed.

1. The anti-stress effect of vitamin C

Feeding 20 mg to 50 mg of vitamin C per kilogram of feed can effectively reduce stress and reduce the chance of developing herds to ensure healthy growth.

Anti-all kinds of adverse stress Environmental stress, pathological stress and nutritional stress all affect the synthesis and utilization of ascorbic acid in pigs, resulting in deficiency of vitamin C in pigs, ranging from light to low intake of food, and to heavy dietary disease, due to lack of vitamins. C. It is not uncommon for pigs to suffer from morbidity or even death. Therefore, adding vitamin C to the feed can make the pigs grow healthily.

Anti-heat stress During the heat stress, adding vitamin C to the feed can reduce the capillary permeability of the body, enhance the body's resistance to disease, reduce hepatic steatosis, and reduce mortality. Adding vitamin C in the feed can increase the auxin content in pig's body serum, increase body weight, and improve immune function. Vitamin C can also reduce the effect of toxic substances and relieve allergic diseases. Therefore, vitamin C can make the body's metabolism and heat production at high temperatures not too high, enhance the body's adaptability to high temperature, is conducive to the development of pig growth, reduce pig morbidity and mortality at high temperatures.

2. Vitamin C can enhance the immune function of pigs

During the growth of pigs, especially at the sub-pig stage, immunity is frequent and sometimes the immune titers are significantly reduced in the presence of stress. The addition of vitamin C to the feed can not only improve the immune effect of stress factors on pigs, but also reduce the immunosuppression caused by high temperatures. In the production practice, pigs are immunized while vitamin C is added to the feed and the immune effect is increased.

3. Vitamin C promotes growth

With the increasing level of the pig industry, adding vitamin C to the feed in the modern pig industry can alleviate the scurvy due to the lack of ascorbic acid and vitamin K, and promote the growth of the body. Especially during the rearing stage of pigs, the appropriate amount of vitamins are commonly used. Feeding with C spices can make the pig grow evenly, reduce the emergence of stiff pigs and increase the survival rate.

4. Vitamin C can improve the reproductive performance of pigs

Adding vitamin C to the feed can significantly increase the semen quality of the breeding boar and increase the production rate of the sow, which has a satisfactory effect on promoting pig production. Because vitamin C regulates the metabolism of calcium, promotes calcium absorption and utilization, and increases sperm formation and semen volume, adding vitamin C can increase fertilization rate, birth rate, and pig quality.

5. The role of vitamin C in the prevention and treatment of diseases

In addition to vitamin C used in the prevention and treatment of scurvy, it is also commonly used in the prevention and treatment of various infectious diseases of pigs, fever and trauma or burns, in order to enhance the body's resistance to disease and promote wound healing


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