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Feeding gilts for first lactation

It is vital that the gilt consumes enough nutrients to produce an ample supply of milk for her litter and to maintain her body condition, so she loses no more than 0.5 in body condition score.  

Increasing the lactation diet specification to a ration with at least 14 MJ DE and 1% lysine per kilogram is one option, with many producers using a higher specification gilt lactator diet; producers should discuss the options with their nutritionist.
 
However, the greatest challenge is stimulating the gilt to eat a sufficient quantity. A gilt’s appetite can be influenced by events prior to farrowing, as well as how well she is managed while lactating. It’s been shown that the higher a gilt’s feed intake is during gestation, the lower it is during lactation.
 
Appetite can also be affected by changes in environment pre-farrowing, when the gilt moves into farrowing accommodation.

For more information on how to manage these challenges, talk to one of us in the knowledge transfer team or download Knowledge Transfer Bulletin no.7, The first lactation: a feeding review from www.bpex.org.uk/2TS/publications

By AHDBPork at 8 Nov 2013, 11:00 AM

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Chris Oluta
What pig food (specific names please) should I request at the agrovet for my pig which has given birth and for how long should I give it this food? When I ask for lactator at the vet they don't seem to know what I want. Thanks Chris
16/08/2019 14:03:05
AHDB
Hi Chris Speak to a nutritionist or feed company and they will be able to advise on the most appropriate diet for your pigs. If you search for animal feed companies online, you will find a good selection, any of these will be able to provide nutrition advice.
16/08/2019 14:15:29

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