Dietary clays help prevent diarrhea in weaned pigs

Experiments at the University of Illinois provide strong evidence that clays can be useful in preventing diarrhea in weaned pigs, but more research is needed to discover how this works


Clays are naturally occurring materials that have been widely used in swine diets to bind mycotoxins, which can otherwise prove detrimental to animal health and production. In addition, several literature reviews have suggested that clays may have antibacterial or antidiarrheic properties.

Since there are a wide variety of clays available on the market, each with their own individual chemical structure, there may be a large variation in the mechanism involved and the ultimate level of protection.

Better Pork - February 2012