Tonisity has launched a new product — the first isotonic protein drink for pigs — named Tonisity Px. It not only encourages fluid intake to improve hydration as early as 24 to 48 hours after birth but also provides nutrients to improve health and production efficiency over the pig’s lifetime.
From Day 2, Tonisity Px helps pigs cope with stress, decreases pre-weaning mortality, increases weaning weights and improves gut health, improving a producer’s return on investment for each litter. With a taste that pigs crave, Tonisity Px provides the hydration and intestinal support needed to get them off to a fast, healthy start.
“Stress in animals comes with change. For a piglet, change starts right after birth as they transition to sow’s milk in a new environment amid competition with their siblings. This stress can impact the piglet’s intestinal and gut health, resulting in less appetite and dehydration," said Ava Firth, DVM, Director of Research and Development, Tonisity. "Tonisity Px is specifically designed to hydrate and bring balance back to the intestines and gut.”
Tonisity Px contains sodium, potassium, chlorine and dextrose in concentrations similar to those recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for humans. The goal is to supply simple sugars, amino acids, electrolytes and water to restore hydration and glucose levels during times of stress, along with special ingredients that support cell metabolic function.
“We are excited to bring this new solution to help meet the changing needs of the global swine market. Tonisity Px enables producers to get more pigs per litter off to a fast start by increasing nutrient intake, giving pigs the vigor and vitality they need to transition more easily into each stage of production,” said Arie Halpern, Board of Directors, Tonisity. “We are confident that this first-of-its-kind product will result in improved efficiency, leading to increased profitability for the producer.”
Tonisity Px is a powder that mixes easily with water and remains in suspension when used in a creep feeder or pan. It fits into all types of management systems and can be used throughout various stages of swine production, including suckling, weaning and before or after transportation.
Another key to Tonisity Px’s success is its sweet-and-sour taste, which is especially appealing to pigs. On-farm trials show that piglets enthusiastically consume water with Tonisity Px as early as Day 2.
“Real-world research demonstrates that Tonisity Px decreases pre-weaning mortality, increases weight gain and average daily gain, and reduces the number of fall-behinds and removals,” said Dr. Firth.
Tonisity Px at the International Pig Veterinary Society Congress
You can find Tonisity Px at the International Pig Veterinary Society Congress, 07-10, June 2016 in the Royal Dublin Society in Ireland — visit Stand D4 in the Main Exhibition Hall. Tonisity will also host an informational session with refreshments at 11:45 (IST) on Thursday, 09, June in the Lansdowne Room to discuss the science behind getting piglets to drink from Day 2. All veterinarians and industry members are welcome to attend.
June 6, 2016 - Tonisity