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The weaning of piglets is a stressful period in the pigs life and is also something that should be looked at with some extra attention. Going from a milk diet to a solid diet, leaving the mother and being mixed with other piglets are all things that cause stress. There are some simple things you can do to make weaning easier. Read our 5 tips here.
This study was set up to evaluate the effects of butyric acid on the growth performance of piglets and post-weaning diarrhea. It was performed at the University of Illinois at the department for Animal Sciences. Read all about the results here (opens PDF).
After piglets are weaned, a fallback in performance, growth and health is often seen. Sometimes this gap lasts for up to 10 days, but well-managed farms can contain this to one or two days. Creating understanding of what happens in the piglet's gastro-intestinal tract can be the first step in controlling these problems and finding a solution. Read the full article from Pig Progress here.