Sufficient colostrum intake is very important for the piglets.
The piglets get protective antibodies through colostrum. The sow can only produce around 2.5 litres of colostrum in the first 48 hours. Given the large number of piglets born alive and the ever increasing litter sizes, it is important that every piglet gets at least 250g of colostrum in the first 48 hours. In the case of protracted farrowing, MMA (Mastitis-Metritis-Agalactiae) or weak piglets, there is a risk of insufficient intake. If this occurs, the sows can be milked and the colostrum given to the weak piglets. In gilts particularly it is recommended to use an appropriate product to reduce the pain during farrowing.
In The Real Piglet Handbook (download available soon) you can read more about best practices for good colostrum management. The book contains information about colostrum management:
- How to control the birth weight
- How to detect insufficient milk production
- How to prevent insufficient milk production
- How to prevent prolonged farrowing
- Colostrum, the elixir of life
- Piglets at risk around farrowing