Can Bovine Colostrum Mitigate the Post-Weaning Growth Lag?
Bovine colostrum is a good source of nutrients and growth factors, and is very palatable. It was added to the creep feed of piglets in the farrowing room and to the phase one diets immediately post-weaning to determine if it would increase feed intake, and help reduce the impacts of the post-weaning growth lag. Overall, the bovine colostrum
had no beneficial effects on growth or feed intake of the piglets. However, it did increase the number of piglets that consumed the creep feed or phase one diet immediately aft er weaning.