Nursing 15 piglets? Sows can do it

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.
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