Sows can achieve a lot, but is it possible to quantify the potential of nursing piglets? Recent Danish research put sows to the test – and they passed it. Housing and welfare expert Vivi Aarestrup Moustsen explains how that went.
That sows have a great potential to nurse piglets is no news, it can be read for instance in a previous expert opinion in Pig Progress.
The extent of that potential was further illustrated recently by results in a trial at SEGES Danish Pig Research Centre (DPRC), where litters at sows with 14 or 15 teats were equalised to 15 piglets.
The South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) coordinates industry interventions and collaboratively manages risks in the value chain to enable the sustainability and profitability of pork producers in South Africa.