Genetic improvements in sow breeding mean that the number of piglets in each litter is increasing. In order to feed all her piglets, a sow has to produce high volumes of milk every day. To cope with this high milk production, the sow needs nutrients that are provided by the feed. It is therefore vital that the sows have a good feed intake: not just for lactation, but also to benefit their own body condition. A sow should not drop more than 10% of her weight in the period post-farrowing up until weaning. After all, sows that lose less weight in the farrowing house will perform better at the next parity.
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