This study investigates the relation between birth order (BO), birth weight (BW0), colostrum intake (CI), level of passive immunity and pre-weaning mortality of piglets. The animals used were 551 cross-bred piglets [Piétrain × (Large-White × Landrace)] born from 40 sows. Colostrum immunoglobulins G (IgG) determinations were made from 17 sows.
Lars Sangill Andersen, swine nutritionist and Katia Pedrosa, poultry nutritionist, Hamlet Protein
Ensuring that the gut is healthy is critically important for all of life's activity, since all nutrients must of course be absorbed through the gut. The right raw material choice therefore, limits the growth of pathogenic bacteria in young livestock animals.
Maintaining gut health in young piglets has far-reaching implications for the entire pig growth cycle and should therefore start in the farrowing crate, by ensuring that piglets ingest enough colostrum and milk during the suckling period for optimal health and development of the gut barrier system. At this stage, it is important to consider what is meant by gut health and what are the desired results of managing gut health in the piglet.