30 Jan 2018
Ensuring that piglets receive colostrum dramatically increases their chances of survival later on in production, as well as reducing the need for antibiotics #ColostrumIsGold.
Why is colostrum so important? Colostrum is the first milk that is secreted by the sow after farrowing. It is a rich source of nutrients and provides essential antibodies (immunoglobulins) that provide protection against disease causing bacteria and viruses. Piglets are born with very few of these antibodies and they can only be derived from colostrum. It is also essential for natural development including weight gain and temperature regulation making it vital for piglet survival.
This handy factsheet will help you optimise your management of colostrum for the best results.