Sows combining gestation and lactation are best fed on a high feeding level, with diets rich in starch. This results in a better condition recovery than feeding on a standard level.

Such were the outcomes of trials at the Swine Innovation Centre Sterksel, part of Wageningen UR, the Netherlands.

The research was part of the public-private partnership “Feed4Foodure”, a cooperation between the Netherlands ministry of economic affairs and a consortium of various organisations within the animal feed industry and the animal production chain. The research programme aims to contribute to sustainable and healthy livestock farming in the Netherlands.

The research, called “Effect of feed composition in gestating lactating sows and feeding level during early gestation on reproduction and condition”, was authored by C.M.C. van der Peet-Schwering, R. Verheijen, G.P. Binnendijk, attached to Wageningen UR, the Netherlands.

Fonte Pig Progress del 15 luglio 2016