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Sows & Hogs / Pig Nutrition
on May 31, 2019

How to adjust sow feeds for summer heat stress

Sows will consume fewer nutrients during periods of heat stress unless preventive measures are taken to adjust feeds and feeding methods.

Sows suffer during the summer, especially sows of modern genetics during the lactation period.

Whereas the maintenance needs of a gestating sow are met by a mere 2-3 kilograms feed per day, a lactating sow nursing 14 piglets requires at least 2+(14x0.5)=8 kilograms feed per day. They rarely reach that…

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