Farmer’s Weekly, 28 April 2020
At weaning, piglets experience multiple challenges, such as the stress of being taken from the sow and being mixed with other pigs.
Establishing a new pecking order, getting used to a different environment and adapting to a change of diet can add to this stress. Health challenges may also occur around this time.
Evidence suggests growth rates during the first few weeks after weaning is positively correlated with subsequent lifetime performance.
This means it is essential to establish the weaner immediately after weaning to maintain growth rates.
Farmers Weekly spoke to Andrew Palmer and Pat Loten, knowledge exchange managers at AHDB Pork, about the key areas to focus on when it comes to improving weaner management.