At the Danish farmer Jørgen Gram milk cups and gruel feed* for his piglets have given weaned pigs of 8 kg. Good management and highly-functional sows make it possible to wean large, healthy piglets that are already well used to eating. That means a lot for health in the farrowing unit and early weaning unit.
* Feed soaked with water/feed soup/porridge
The production consists of a site with 500 sows and a site where the pigs stay in the same stable from weaning to finishing. A 14 day cycle is run in the sow unit, which gives around 35 nursing days.
The Danish farmer does not believe he’s had to make any compromises with either his sow, suckling or weaner feed. There have been problems with toxins in recent years. Especially in the sow unit, where sows failed to produce milk optimally and there were sudden deaths. In response, 2 kg of the toxin binder X-Bond Premium from Vilomix has been added this season, to ensure better stability.
Citric acid has also been added to the minerals for gestating and lactating sows, as urinary system disorder had previously been diagnosed, especially in young females and young sows.