Piglet mortality in free farrowing system
Last year an 11% mortality rate was achieved at DenkaFarm Innovation Centre using the free farrowing system! An amazing performance from the Pig Farm handlers, but what’s the secret of their success?
See their tips below:
- User-friendly farrowing pen
A pen in which the sow can be confined easily.
- Managing freedom of movement during farrowing
A good balance between the sow being confined and being able to roam free.
- Colostrum management
Use of split suckling to ensure that all piglets receive sufficient colostrum.
Someone should be physically present in the farrowing pen as much as possible to monitor the sows and piglets, particularly during the farrowing period.
- Making notes
Ensure that you note as much information as possible about the sow, such as good udders and weight, also during the farrowing process for example.
How do you raise the highest number of piglets with the sow? At Pig Farm we use foster sows.
- Supplementary feeding
Start supplementary feeding in time and use good products: Denkapig Lacto Extra and Denkapig Top Wean.
Want to know how Denkavit can support you with this? Feel free to contact one of our specialists: