Research offers hope for saving runt pigs

Research offers hope for saving runt pigs

Kansas State researchers are examining piglet growth in utero to find ways to have fewer low-weight pigs at birth.

Kansas State University researchers are looking more closely at how piglets grow during their mother's pregnancy, and recent findings indicate greater hope for survival of the smallest in the litter.

Known as runts, the smallest pigs born often get the short end when it comes to feeding and attention from their mother — two factors that diminish their chance to survive.

Runt pigs often weigh 1.1 kg (about 2.5 lb.) or less at birth. They may die on their own or may be euthani

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