Giving the best start in life
Piglet immunity is compromised by delayed development and the gut of pre-weaned piglets is still physiologically immature for the successful adsorption of pre-weaning creep feeds. Consequently, the ultimate way of getting piglets their best start in life is as the way nature intended - through the teats of their sow. Modern breeds of commercial sows have been bred to produce an average of 10 surviving piglets. It is important to consider that whatever the sizes of a litter, suckling piglets have access to enough of their sow's milk.
There are a number of factors which affect this including number of viable functioning teats, physical placement and orientation of teats and conditioning of the sow to ensure that milk flow to the piglets is not impaired at any time after farrowing and prior to the onset of the weaning process. Nutrition and therapeutic conditioning of the sow should also be considered as a priority. Nutrition comprises the quantity and quality of ingesting both macronutrients (Proteins, Carbohydrates and Fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) as well as access to clean water.
Therapeutic conditioning takes the form of functional feed ingredients which have additional benefits as well as their nutritional value. An example of an excellent 100% natural essential oil based feed additive for weaning piglets is Orego-Stim. Orego-Stim gives piglets the best start in life by optimising feed intake and intestinal health during the piglet and sow inter-dependency period.
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