Secrets of successful piglet feeding after weaning

Secrets of successful piglet feeding after weaning

Feeding piglets after weaning remains a challenge for most producers, whereas buying the best possible feed is merely the first step.

Post-weaning feed intake has always been rather low compared to genetic potential for growth in early-weaned pigs. This costly problem is attributed mainly to early weaning at 3 weeks, as opposed to natural weaning at about 8 weeks of age. Under most commercial conditions, weaned pigs invariably experience some degree of appetite depression. This increases production cost and reduces growth performance through the finishing stage, affecting profitability in a negative way. It is not uncommon for pigs to starve for as long as 3 to 5 days after weaning, whereas others may start eating a few minutes after placement in the nursery building.