Vitality after birth
Colostrum is essential for building the immune system of the newborn piglet and providing the piglet with energy. It is the ideal source of antibodies, energy and other nutrients for newborn piglets. During the first days of lactation, piglets should receive colostrum from the sow. Tremendous advances in piglet production per sow have taken place in recent years: litter sizes are larger, but also contain more low birth weight piglets. Due to extended farrowing time the last piglets of a litter are often too weak to suckle, such that they are unable to consume sufficient colostrum.