When a piglet becomes a pig

12-08-2011 | |
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Vincent ter Beek Editor of Pig Progress / Topic: Pigs around the world

And that’s it! A special issue related to the theme of Piglet Feeding is about to be printed and soon to be received by all subscribers.

The extra issue is distributed together with this year’s seventh edition and we have been working hard for it over the last couple of months to compile it. In the market there proved to be a lot of demand to information around this theme – so much that we managed to compile a 52-page special around the theme.

We took a broad approach in defining the ‘piglet’ in ‘piglet feeding’. Piglets can be newborn, they can be two days or two weeks old, piglets can be weaned and in the difficult life phase straight after weaning, and the youngest grower pigs are often referred to as just-weaned piglets.

Thinking about it, however, I wondered when exactly a piglet stops being a piglet… According to our broad approach it would be – what, three weeks after weaning?

Is there something like general consensus as to when a piglet can be called a piglet? And when they grow into maturity? As from what age/ weight do they leave piglet-hood? Do we have different views on this in New Zealand, Canada or China? Don’t bother looking on Wikipedia, as I have already done so…

Let me know!

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