7 ways to increase weaned piglets’ feed intake

7 ways to increase weaned piglets’ feed intake

There are many ways to convince weaned pigs to start eating within hours after separation from their mothers, but we still persist in the old ways that cause piglets to starve for days.

It has always been a difficult task enticing weaned pigs to consume dry feed. Post-weaning feed intake remains invariably below needs for expressing full genetic potential for growth in modern pigs. Traditionally, this thorny issue has been attributed to early weaning at 2 to 3 weeks, as opposed to natural weaning at about 8 weeks of age, but similar unsatisfactory results are still observed today with 3 to 4 weeks weaning.