At the Danish farm Frihedslund they have a constant focus on bringing down the piglet mortality. The focus is on both feed and management.
You can read the entire interview with Frihedslund here on their actions to bring down piglet mortality.
Initially, Frihedslund concentrates on making sure the sow is in good physical shape prior to farrowing. So the personnel is very aware that the sow has plenty of energy when ready to farrow. She receives 3.5 Feso up to farrowing, reduced to 3.3 Feso the day before. Water and feed intake are key to the sow getting off to a good start. The Frihedslund personnel ensures that all sows are up 3 x daily for feeding. So - do not cut back on her feed – she’s going to need energy for farrowing. The nursing mix used contains 127 units of std. digestible crude protein, and gives no problems with diarrhoea. The mix is composed of wheat, barley, soybean meal, sugar beet pellet and soya oil. Toxin binder is added to the minerals during certain periods.