‘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.
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.
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.