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Bacterial competition in the newborn piglet

It is important to prevent newborn piglets becoming infected with disease-causing pathogens during the birth process.

First colonization

  • Foetuses are sterile in the uterus and till immediately before birth.
  • Bacterial invasion and colonization of piglets starts during the birth process. Bacteria originating from the maternal birth-canal and digestive tract, as well as bacteria from the environment will rapidly colonise the skin, mucosa and intestines of the piglets.

Who is quicker?

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  • The health-promoting lactobacilli are in competition with diseasecausing pathogenic bacteria such as Streptococcal spp., E.coli and Clostridium perfringens.
  • Iron-injection before the 3rd day after birth may have a detrimental effect: Iron has a growth promoting effect on many pathogenic bacteria. The competition between good and bad bacteria may therefore be negatively influenced and disease causing infections may be amplified.


The cleaner, the better!

A quick and straightforward birth-process brings more certainty.