Thin Sow Syndrome

calendar icon 8 November 2018
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  • This should be aimed at increasing the nutritional intake of the sow during the various key periods of production and attending to any disease situations.
  • Immediately raise feed intake across the whole herd by 1 to 2kg a day for a period of 10 to 14 days.
  • Sows that have become very thin should if possible be moved from their dry sow accommodation and housed in warm deep straw pens in an environmental temperature of at least 20ºC (70ºF) and ad lib fed for 3 to 4 weeks using a lactating diet because the appetite in such animals is often depressed. It is essential to do this to reverse the catabolic or negative energy state and allow the sow to lay down body fat again. If the sow has become too lean (body score 1) the condition can become irreversible.
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