Interpretive Summary: Early- and mid-lactation milk traits are associated with piglet growth during lactation
By: Lea A Rempel, William T Oliver, Jeremy R Miles
Early piglet health and growth are reliant upon milk from the mother. Increasing the gain of a piglet by 0.45 kg at weaning has been linked to finished pigs going to market earlier reducing environmental and financial inputs for producers. Nursing mothers with the highest level of milk lactose early in nursing produced heavier piglets and sows with higher levels of milk fat midway through the nursing phase also had heavier piglets. This information will help identify nursing mothers and develop feed supplements to support the production of beneficial milk components that will improve piglet growth and health.
Read the full article in the Journal of Animal Science.