Raising pigs for profit

Pig rearing

An important challenge in pig production is to reach a high number of live piglets weaned per sow. Not only the litters themselves should be homogeneous, there should also be homogeneity between litters on the farm. Piglet mortality should be as low as possible, and scours in pigs should be prevented as much as possible.

Scours

Pig scours (piglet diarrhoea) is an important cause of piglet mortality. Next to that, it results in poor growth and poor performance, and a lot of work for the farmer. Scours should be prevented by reducing exposure through hygiene and increasing immunity of the piglets. Once scours occurs, it will result in dehydration, a disturbed electrolyte balance and a negative energy balance.
Most causes of scours are self-limiting: the animal will clear the organisms from its system, unless the dehydration resulting from the diarrhoea kills the piglet before it recovers. For this reason, a product that corrects dehydration and acidosis and restores their energy balance should be offered.

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Vitality after birth

An important challenge for a gestating gilt or sow is to be prepared for the delivery of healthy piglets. The farrowing process should last as short as possible. With the ever increasing litter size, the birth process takes longer and as a result, the last few piglets born are often too weak. To support weak piglets, they can be supplemented with energy and vitamins. In addition, sows should produce sufficient and good quality pig colostrum. 

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