Sow feeding piglets© Tim Scrivener
Pig farmers should be looking to use average weaning weight as their primary objective rather than size of litter to maximise sow lifetime performance, say experts. Research by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Hillsborough, found pigs born light but weaned heavy outperform heavy birthweight pigs that are weaned light. This has important implications for the current pig population in the UK as the numbers of pigs born light has increased as litter sizes have grown. See also: Gilt management boost […]