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The Importance of Liver Protection for Sows

03 June 2016


A sow’s liver is commonly under stress. A number of actions can help protect the liver and support healthy animals, write André Van Lankveld, Swine Technical Manager and Karin Nährer, Mycotoxin Risk Management Product Manager.

With the higher demand for energy around farrowing and milk production increases, the liver plays a crucial role (Figure 1). This greater need for energy causes an increase in body fat and protein mobilization that can result in metabolic disorders. The liver is often under stress due to problems such as fatty liver syndrome and poor nutrient utilization. This is often shown in weak born piglets, lower birth weights, more splayed legs and a lack of milk production. It is important to keep the liver as healthy as possible and to avoid additional stress from toxins, e.g. mycotoxins, endotoxins, antibiotics, diseases such as Porcine Circovirus 2 (PCV2) infection and feed with high concentrations of fat or protein.

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