Improve sow health and piglet viability
In gestation feed, a dEB of 240 favours an adequate deposition of calcium and phospate into the bones.
In lactation feed, the dEB can be reduced with 50-100 mEq to enhance calcium release from bones to increase calcium availability for a high quality milk production.
After weaning, the dEB should be normalized to 240 mEq in the sow feed.
This strategy maintains a good sow health and improves the number of weaned piglets per sow.
|dEB optimization using sodium formate||No||Yes|
|Piglets born alive (per litter)||13.64||14.20|
|Weaned piglets (per litter)||11.24||11.72|
|Mortality in suckling piglets (%)||16.55||16.37|
|Increased number of weaned piglets (per litter)||+0.48|
|Increased number of weaned piglets per sow per year*||+1.13|