Fütterungssystem mit Milchaustauscher (MAT) für Saugferkel - Untersuchungen zum Einfluss der Sauenmilchzusammensetzung und der Zufütterung von MAT auf Leistung und Gesundheit bei Ferkeln

Contact: Prof. Dr. Cornelia C. Metges

Duration: 2016-2019

Funding: Technische Hochschule Bingen

Selection for litter size leads to a higher proportion of smaller, low birth weight piglets which is associated with restricted development and higher pre-weaning mortality in piglets. It is known that sow milk composition and yield depends –among others- on sow parity, lactation stage and number of suckling piglets. In a collaborative project with the University of Applied Sciences Bingen we explore the nutrient composition of colostrum and mature milk of sows from farms. Piglets of half of the sows had access to milk exchanger. Parameters investigated are morphometric data of the sows, the growth and development of the piglets and the macronutrient and amino acid concentration in colostrum and milk of the sows.