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Are My Pigs Eating?

4 March 2016, at 6:00am

Typically 40 to 50% of piglets do not consume creep feed in the farrowing room and about 20% do not consume phase 1 diet within 48 hours post-weaning.

Producers should observe piglets to identify potential problems (crowding, feeder access) which might alleviate the problem.

If feed or management changes occur, producers can repeat the assessment to determine if the change has been positive or negative relative to the number of “eaters” previously determined.

It is important that producers conduct this test at their own facility and use it to set a “benchmark”.

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