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Is it possible to increase the amount of colostrum available to newborn piglets?

Posted in: Pork Insight Articles, Production by student on June 11, 2018

Author: Chantal Farmer, Ph.D. and Helene Quesnel, Ph.D. Canadian Hog Journal Spring 2018.

Summary: Most sows do not produce enough colostrum to optimize the growth of their piglets. Results from a recent study demonstrate the oxytocin can be a viable mechanism for increasing the length of time a sow will produce colostrum for. One injection of oxytocin between 12-20 hours post farrowing can serve to prolong the closing of tight junctions which allows for large molecules, such as immunoglobulins, to pass into the milk. In this experiment there was no difference in weight gain in the litters whose sows has received the oxytocin injection, however there was a decline in preweaning mortality.

Is it Possible to Increase the Amount of Colostrum Available to Newborn Piglets

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