How to use the science of lactation to optimise sow performance and piglet health

For pigs to perform well, it all begins at the suckling stage. Kayla Silva offers an overview of Chantal Farmer's research into how sows’ mammary development can be managed to get them the best start.
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Kayla Silva

Monogastric Nutritionist at Grand Valley Fortifiers

Kayla Silva completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph in Animal Science and Agriculture in 2016. She went on to complete her MSc in swine nutrition, again with the University of Guelph. Kayla now works as a monogastric nutritionist with Grand Valley Fortifiers.

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