Lactose as a feed intake enhancer in piglet diets

Lactose as a feed intake enhancer in piglet diets

Lactose remains a very important nutrient for young pigs especially during the post-weaning period when starch digestion capacity is not fully developed. (tonaquatic | Bigstock.com)

Lactose is an important nutrient that significantly drives feed intake in post-weaned pigs

Even though modern piglet feeds contain less lactose than feeds designed 20 years ago, this reflects only the recent removal of antibiotics from feeds and not a fundamental change in animal requirements.