Gestation feed affects mortality rate piglets
The mortality rate in piglets could be significantly
reduced by adapting the gestating sow's diet.
Research by Schothorst Feed Research in Lelystad, the Netherlands, showed
that feeding a high fat diet to sows during the first half of the gestation
period and a diet high in starch and fat in the second half is beneficial to the
number of surviving piglets.
The Dutch research showed that the diet
influences the mortality rate among newborn piglets, especially in litters over
12 piglets born alive.
By feeding the gestation sows a different diet
in the last period compared to the one in the first period of gestation, the
sows showed a more efficient glucose metabolism and showed a faster reduction of
the blood levels of glucose, which subsequently increases the piglet
The reduction in mortality among
the smaller piglets in large litters is encouraging news, according to the
Because the litters in modern pig farming are getting
larger, we now have a tool to prevent the extra piglets from dying after
â€¢ Schothorst Feed
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