Pork Technical Library

Piglet performance through sow investment

EUNICE LEE reports that the addition of a lauric acid and glycerol monolaurate feed additive to the diets of sow diets during the critical transition period improves litter size and piglet birthweights, and stimulates sows’ milk production, resulting in better performance during the weaning period.

The ban of medicated ZnO in piglet diets – consequences and solutions

DENISE CARDOSO, TIM GOOSSENS and VISHWAS GOWDA discuss some nutritional strategies to increase the resilience of piglets against post-weaning stress.

Piglet health starts in-utero – developing immunocompetency

MARIA WALSH and MARIANA MASIERO discuss a multi-faceted nutritional approach that targets piglet immune competency via early microbial colonization of the gut and systemic immune transfer from sows to piglets. Alternative nutritional solutions can help produce heavier and stronger piglets at weaning by developing immune competence.

Management Matters – Management of non-viable pigs matter

The farm health team is composed of a number of different characters all playing their own role. These roles, however, may conflict with each other.

Effect of zinc source on pork quality

MIEKE ZOON presents that supplementation with a highly available zinc glycinate can be a good strategy to reduce losses during chilling of the carcass and oxidation of cooked meat, retaining pork quality better over time.

Raising the phytase podium

Effective phytases are currently available in the market, however, according to RACHAEL HARDY, there is still room for improvement, including high activity at low pH conditions which prevail in the upper digestive tract.