Gestation feed affects mortality rate piglets
Feeding a high fat diet during the first half of the
gestation period and a diet high in starch and fat in the second half of the
gestation period reduces the mortality rate in piglets, according to research
done by Schothorst Feed Research in Lelystad, the
The Dutch research showed that the diet influences the
mortality rate among newborn piglets, especially in litters over 12 piglets born
alive. By feeding the gestation sows a different diet in the last period
compared to the one in the first period of gestation, the sows showed a more
efficient glucose metabolism and showed a faster reduction of the blood levels
of glucose, which subsequently increases the piglet
The reduction in mortality
among the smaller piglets in large litters is encouraging news, according to the
researchers. Because the litters in modern pig farming are getting larger, we
now have a tool to prevent the extra piglets from dying after birth.
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