ACMC Tip: Importance of Colostrum

UK - The importance of colostrum cannot be underestimated. It is almost impossible to rear piglets which have received no colostrum, points out ACMC veterinary consultant, Paul Thompson.
calendar icon 3 October 2014
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This is the vehicle through which the passive transfer of antibodies occurs from sow to piglet.

Vaccines which depend on the vaccination of sows — such as E.coli/clostridia vaccines — will only be effective if all piglets suckle adequate amounts.

Producers should therefore ensure, where possible, that piglets are not being cross-fostered until they have taken on colostrum.

Strategies, such as split-suckling, should be reviewed to ensure all piglets in larger litters receive an adequate dose.

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