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‘Axone’: A potential probiotic for pigs
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Published on 28 Sep. 2009 12:32 AM IST
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Research on fermented soybean product of Nagaland locally known as ‘axone’, conducted at ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Nagaland Centre, Jharnapani, Medziphema revealed that ‘axone’ was a promising inexpensive locally available probiotics. The research was conducted by Dr. BR Singh (Principal Scientist) and Dr. BP Bhatt joint director. According to a release issued by Dr. BR Singh, principal scientist, veterinary microbiology, ICAR research complex for NEH region Nagaland centre, Jharnapani, during a year long study on ‘axone’ on pigs, rabbit and rats, it was found to have benefits such as feeding of just 50g ‘axone’ daily made the piglets healthy, protected them from infections and improved weight gain and did not show diarrhea symptoms. Feeding ‘axone’(50 gm in 5 Kg ration) to grower pigs increased their growth rate. Pigs fed on feed having ‘axone’ gained 3 to 4 Kg more weight in just 40 days than those fed on recommended feed. Experiments on mouse model were also encouraging and revealed similar benefits of ‘axone’ as observed in pigs. Additionally, ‘axone’ improved immunity status of mouse to protect against most dreaded diseases as typhoid. Researchers also recommended use of ‘axone’ for promoting early weight gain and maturity of pigs, poultry and other animals for meat purpose and inclusion of a little ‘axone’ in ration of animals to get better animal production and healthy animal progeny. The release further added it was not necessary to give ‘axone’ daily but farmers could add 50g of ‘axone’ in 1 kg ration (feed) of animals once or twice in a week.

 
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