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Sensitive piglet’s intestines

Development of the piglet’s intestines:

Massive weight-increase during the first hours following colostrum-intake

Intestinal area Birth 6 hours after colostrum-intake Weight increas
Weight of intestines (g) 47,4 74,9 +58%
Mucosa (g) 32,0 57,6 +80%

(Source: Zhang et al., 1997)

  • The piglet’s intestines are still not fully matured yet
  • High nutrient demand for fast growing intestines
  • Newly born pigs are very sensitive to intestinal infections
  • The first hours of colostrum-intake are decisive


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Don't slow the piglets down. Strength is to be found in serenity.