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Gestation period – an unspectacular phase?
Although there are few externally visible changes in gestating sows, it is during this time that physiological preparation is made for a successful suckling period. The following factors need to be considered.
Environmental Hygiene, Microbes
► In the intestines, there is a permanent interaction between microbes and the immune-system.
Through the blood vascular system the maternal antibodies (IgG) reach the udder and thereby the newborn pigs.
- Sham chewing
- Social stress (rank order)
- High environmental temperature (panting behaviour)
► significant lower IgG concentration in sow’s colostrum
The correct body condition:
► glycogen-reserves of newly-born piglets
► full development of organs (head, brain, lungs,...)
► sham chewing, a sign of hunger