The best way to feed sows - a recommendation

At Vilomix’ 40th anniversary our Senior Nutritionist from Denmark Jens Svendgaard made a talk on “Feeding pigs in 20 minutes”.

23 years of experience with feed consultancy gives our Senior Nutritionist from Denmark Jens Svendgaard expert knowledge when it comes to what works in herds.

You can now read the main points and recommendations Jens makes for sows.

In the farrowing house
The feed is based on grain and soya, but includes fishmeal as can be seen in the figure. Fishmeal is added to the feed because of its essential omega-3 fatty acids, which boost the ability of weaners to search for the teats to gain the benefits of vital colostrum immediately after farrowing. What’s more, it gives stronger, healthier piglets. One alternative to fishmeal is DHA Gold, which also contains omega-3 fatty acids.

Sugar beet pellets are added with regard to the fibre element and thus gut/stomach function. A high content of fat provides plenty of energy, making it easier for high-production sows to consume their feed ration.

Adding magnesium gives calmer sows and enhances bone strength. And a high content of certain vitamins helps strengthen the immune system, bones and hooves, boosts the conversion of proteins, the formation of red blood cells and to avoid splaylegs. The toxin binder X-Bond is also added to neutralise toxins that have a negative effect on sow milk production and welfare.

Gestation unit
We move on from the farrowing house to the gestation unit. The feed is based on grain and soya, with barley comprising minimum 50% of the grain element. Together, and with a high content of sugar beet pellets, the mixture has a positive effect on the gut/stomach function, giving calmer sows and improved energy supply for farrowing. More of the aforementioned minerals and vitamins are also added, along with X-Bond.  

If you experience problems in either the farrowing or gestation unit, we will be happy to discuss your herd with you.

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