Wageningen research into weaner feeding
Researchers from Wageningen University and Research
Centre in The Netherlands believe that weaned piglets can overcome poor feed
intake by learning from their mother.
Poor feed intake compromises weaner health, welfare and performance. In the
past studies focused on changing feed formulation. However, now Wageningen
researchers are taking another angle. They will analyse how piglets learn from
their mother when eating together and how information is transmitted between
Taste or smell
The study over the next four years will
focus on whether piglets will eat feed that has a taste or smell they recognise
like that from milk or the womb.
The overall aim is to help to reduce the problems around weaning by using new
or different feeding measures.
â€¢ Wageninen University
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