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Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
Year: 2011 | Volume: 10 | Issue: 16 | Page No.: 2127-2134
DOI: 10.3923/javaa.2011.2127.2134  
Probiotics as a Dietary Additive for Pigs: A Review
J.H. Cho , P.Y. Zhao and I.H. Kim
Abstract: Probiotics (Direct-Fed Microbial: DFM) have been established for use as a feed additive; researchers have observed many beneficial effects of such by improving the intestinal microbial balance in livestock. The functions of probiotics within a Gastrointestinal Tract (GIT) are suggested to include the following: competing with pathogenic bacteria for nutrients in the gut; competing with pathogens for binding sites on the intestinal epithelium; producing compounds that are toxic to pathogens and Stimulating the immune system. The applications of probiotics provide a potential alternative strategy to antibiotic use in livestock. It is suggested that probiotics should be used as a feed additive in livestock.
How to cite this article:
J.H. Cho, P.Y. Zhao and I.H. Kim, 2011. Probiotics as a Dietary Additive for Pigs: A Review. Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, 10: 2127-2134.
DOI: 10.3923/javaa.2011.2127.2134