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David Saornil

David Saornil, DVM, Product Manager, Swine Applications, Lallemand Animal Nutrition, France. Email him at


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How piglet weaning stresses impact gut health

Weaning is a source of major stress for the piglet, which has consequences on its digestive function including: reduction of feed intake, sub-optimal digestive process, gut morphology and digestive barrier function.
Weaning is one of the most stressful events in pig farming and can represent a true bottleneck in pig production. As the industry faces continued pressure to reduce antimicrobial use, the animals’ digestive microflora is gaining importance.
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