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3 contaminants to watch for in sow milk

Somatic cell count, endotoxins and mycotoxins are seemingly forgotten threats in sow colostrum and milk that may negatively affect piglets.
Generally considered the ideal feed for neonatal mammals, mother's milk is the exclusive nutrient source during the first days of a piglet's life and the main nutrient source during the suckling period. It is rich in energy (lipids, lactose), highly-digestible protein, provides maternal immunity, and affords systemic and mucosal protection.
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