group farrowed sows nursing piglets Dutch Swine Innovation Centre (VIC Sterksel)/Wageningen University & Research

Gradual weaning of group-farrowed pigs explored

Gradual weaning may prevent postweaning growth check in piglets raised in group farrowing systems.

According to research carried out at the Dutch Swine Innovation Centre (VIC Sterksel), gradual weaning of piglets at nine weeks of age seems to be a good strategy to prevent a postweaning growth check and to improve the behavior of piglets and growing/finishing pigs.

The development of piglets raised in a multi-suckling system was studied with abrupt weaning at an age of four weeks and gradual weaning with intermittent suckling at an age of nine weeks. The research, commissioned by th

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