29 Jan 2018
Newborn piglets are poorly equipped to keep warm immediately after birth and, as the energy reserves to produce body heat (glycogen stored in the liver) are limited, the combination of factors below means that piglets often become chilled.
Piglets are also born with no immunity and can only get this from colostrum soon after birth. A minimum of 100ml of colostrum per kilogram of birthweight within the first 16 hours is crucial
to provide the energy, nutrients and antibodies needed for survival.