Management

INSTRUCTION SHEET FOR THE USE OF SOLUBLE MILK REPLACERS

Porcomel milk replacers are easy dissolvable, highly palatable and safe milk products for piglets. Genetics have evolved towards larger litters per sow, with piglets having, on average, lower birth weights. Different systems and products are being applied to make sure piglets receive enough nutrients to survive, grow fast and facilitate the weaning process.

 

COLOSTRUM MANAGEMENT

Just born piglets need a sufficient amount of colostrum from the sow (200-450g/piglet) to build up a good level of passive immunity. As the gut wall closes after 24h, it is crucial to let the piglets suckle maximally during the first hours after birth. Only in this way, an optimal absorption of the immunoglobulin proteins can be achieved.

So, to help the piglet establish this passive immunity, feeding colostrum has to follow the triple A rule:

As soon as possible
As much as possible
As often as possible

 

APPLICATIONS OF MILK PRODUCTS

Additional administration of milk replacer during suckling

  • Increase dry matter intake of the piglets in the farrowing crate
  • Can be introduced as early as of 2 days after farrowing
  • Increase milk intake of weak, vulnerable piglets in highly competitive large litters

Administration in case of early weaning/ motherless rearing

  • Rearing supernumerary piglets
  • As soon as the necessary colostrum is provided
  • Allow less abrupt change from sow’s milk to solid feed
  • Suited for automatic feeding systems

 

PRODUCTS AND FEEDING SCHEDULE

Porcomel Nature+

  • Can be given directly after the colostrum
  • Suited for motherless rearing
  • Energy dense product ≈ sow’s milk*

Porcomel Transit

  • Can be given from 2 weeks after birth till a few days after weaning
  • Ideal transition milk

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES

Mixing ratio = 200 g to 1 L drinking water

Drinking temp. 39 ˚C

Can be provided ad libitum in automatic dispensing systems or manually (preferentially in multiple feeding rounds per day)

 

IN ADDITION TO THE SOW

First 2 weeks: Porcomel Nature+

Expected milk intake: 1L milk/piglet

From 2 weeks till weaning: Porcomel Transit

Expected milk intake: 2.5L milk/piglet

 

MOTHERLESS REARING

First 2 weeks: Porcomel Nature+

Expected milk intake: 6L milk/piglet

From 2 weeks till weaning: Porcomel Transit

Expected milk intake: 14L milk/piglet