Nutrition: Sow colostrum – start of a lifetime or missed opportunity?

Colostrum is critical in carrying the newborn piglet down the right path to rapid growth and good health. It is up to producers to ensure that each piglet gets its fair share of this rich source of nutrients


Piglet survival is one of the keys to success in the pork production chain. And colostrum intake is a major determining factor of piglet survival during the early suckling period as well as later on in life. Unfortunately, colostrum production varies considerably among sows and the factors that cause this variability are not that well understood.

Better Pork - December 2008