Review Pig Progress webinar ‘Robust Piglets’

10-10-2016 | | |
Photo: RBI
Photo: RBI

‘Robust Piglets’ was the theme of the Pig Progress webinar held Thursday October 6, 2016. In case you missed it, here’s how to catch up.

During the webinar, which lasted for approximately 45 minutes, 2 speakers addressed the theme of how to make sure piglets are robust enough to face the challenges of early life and weaning. They did so from 2 entirely different angles.

Sows and piglet robustness

Xandra Benthem de Grave, researcher at Schothorst Feed Research, in the Netherlands, zoomed in on the very topical theme of robust piglets by focusing on how correct sow feeding helps to create better piglets.

Her main field of study is sow research, but especially the option to influence piglet health and robustness through sow nutrition is a very topical one.

Piglet health after weaning

On the other side of weaning – in the post-weaning phase, there are gains to be made. Jacob Dall, technical pig specialist at Vitfoss, Denmark, focused on how to improve piglet nutrition without the usage of antibiotics or zinc oxide.

His main focus is on applying high management levels, the use of carefully selected feed components and a well-balanced fibre strategy. This way, it is possible to keep the gastro-intestinal tract healthy.

Webinar time

Reviewing the webinar is free – you can find it here.

Interested in reading more about piglets? Take a look at all the articles in our specially launched mini-page on ‘Piglets’ or flick through the online digital magazine ‘Piglets’.

ter Beek
Vincent ter Beek Editor of Pig Progress / Topic: Pigs around the world