Higher birth weight good for pig production
Research in the Netherlands has shown that piglets with a higher weight at
farrowing yield better results at breeding, growing and finishing.
The research, instigated by the Dutch Product Board for Livestock and Meat
(PVV), showed that piglets with a birth weight of 1,2 kg are less successful in
an economic way. The research was carried out by the Animal Sciences Group, part
of Wageningen University and Research Center (WUR).
Growing litters in the last decades to an increase in
the numbers of piglets that perished at and after farrowing. Literature studies
show that light-weight piglets have a risk of two to seven times more to die at
a young age, in comparison to heavier siblings.
The study aims to
clarify the influence of weight at farrowing and weaning for the rest of the pig
production process. It can be downloaded here.
â€¢ Wageningen University and Research
Sciences Group (ASG)
â€¢ Dutch Product Board for Livestock and Meat
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