News and analysis on the global poultry
and animal feed industries.

David Saornil

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


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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