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Weaning & Farrowing

The latest articles, analysis and information on sow farrowing research and guidelines to successfully wean piglets to help swine producers maximize herd performance and yields from the editors of Pig International magazine. Topics include piglet immunity, post-weaning stress and gut health. Register for free to access premium content.


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Mastitis in sows: A perennial problem

This condition can have serious consequences for the sow and piglets, both in the short and long term.
Inflammation of one or more of the mammary glands is referred to as mastitis. In the lactating sow, clinical onset is about 12 hours postpartum, having started at farrowing.
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Piglets need water as much as they need feed

Providing water to suckling and weaned piglets does not stop at having one water outlet per pen as these animals undergo significant digestive development during this period.
Sow’s milk contains about 80 percent water, and therefore it is often assumed that suckling piglets cover their daily water requirements without supplemental water.
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Moving piglets feasible with conveyor belts

A recent study was conducted in hopes of minimizing stress when transporting hogs
Does using a conveyor to load pigs into the top deck of a straight deck trailer lower the stress to which pigs and handlers endure during transportation?
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5 Ways to Achieve More Profitable Pigs

Learn how incorporating nutritional tools into sow and piglet diets can boost performance and profitability. Sponsored content by Novus.
Learn how incorporating feed additives can increase profitability and animal welfare. Sponsored content by Novus.
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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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Using egg immunoglobulins to enhance piglet survivability

The number of healthy piglets weaned is the most important factor for the calculation of profit in piglet production, so it has to be pursued as high as possible.
Losses in the farrowing unit normally occur during the first seven days of life as piglets are born with nearly no immune protection. The intake of immunoglobulins out of colostrum therefore is of vital importance.
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