Monogastric compound feed manufacturer ABN has developed a new range of pig breeder feeds that it claims will meet the heightened nutrient demands of the hyper prolific sow.
The company observes that sow productivity has increased by 0.3 piglets reared per sow per litter over the last ten years, warning that hyper prolific sows can suffer from loss of body condition leading to a delayed weaned to oestrus interval and a reduction in the size of the next litter. It points out that a greater variation in piglet birth weight, synonymous with increased litter sizes, can also lead to low birthweight piglets with a lower chance of survival.
ABN says its Delta Nutrio range, introduced to the UK market recently, could be a game changer for the pig breeding industry, since it responds to increased sow prolificacy and the resulting demand placed on the animal in terms of vitality and well-being. The company states that the Delta Nutrio range provides an optimum nutrient supply for all levels of sow productivity and includes improved mineral and vitamin nutrition for increased sow lifetime performance.
“The producer benefits from well-maintained sows in good condition, a reduced weaned to service interval and enhanced embryo quality, whilst also supporting improved litter size and better piglet survival,” explains Dr Steve Jagger, senior pig nutritionist at ABN. He says the formulation also helps reduce sow weight loss during lactation, significantly influencing lifetime productivity.
“Improvements in condition, assisted by the inclusion of an enzyme to improve nutrient availability to the sow, lead to improved weaning to oestrus interval, an increase in the size of the next litter, and increased piglet numbers produced per sow per year,” adds Tegan Sutton, ABN pig nutritionist and Delta Nutrio project leader.
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