OFF TO A GOOD START WITH PRESTARTERS

Once piglets have received colostrum and are well into the habit of suckling, there are many benefits to be gained from supplementing the sow’s milk with a tasty prestarter.

The sow’s milk is essential for healthy piglets. High-quality feed also helps prepare piglets for weaning. What’s more, it ensures good growth in the farrowing unit, and for the first few weeks after weaning.

Feed uptake is crucial for the piglets to get off to a good start in the early weaning unit. Studies have shown that piglets on average grow 50 grams more after weaning when they have ‘learned’ to eat in the farrowing unit.

A good rule of thumb is to go for feed uptake of 0.80 kg/day on average from 6-30 kg.

If the piglets fail to get a good start to feeding in the farrowing unit, it can often mean farmers being forced to use expensive prestarter feed for an extended period – which has an impact on the bottom line.

A worthwhile investment is to go for every pig in the farrowing unit to eat 0.9 kg. This will ensure:

OPTIMUM ADAPTION TO SOLID FEED
HEIGHER WEIGHT ON WEANING
HIGHER END WEIGHT WHEN LEAVING THE WEANING UNIT
HIGHER PROFITS

A good start benefits the pig all the way to 30 kg

A good prestarter pays off in the long run.

Practical experiences show savings of 0.03 EUR/kg growth from 6 – 30 kg and more than 3 kg higher weight when leaving the early weaning unit.

Feed intake the first 14 days is crucial to the subsequent welfare of the pig, and higher daily gain makes good financial sense.

COMPOSITION AND CONTENT

80% of a pig’s immune system lies in the intestines. That’s why Vilomix believes in composing feeding solutions capable of maintaining the correct bacteria levels found there.

Protein from monotonous sources will starve the beneficial bacteria. That’s why Vilomix uses a wide range of easily-digestible proteins to put as little strain on the intestinal system as possible.

Prestarters from Vilomix are composed of ingredients with a high nutritional value for suckling and weaning pigs, and are customised for use in both the farrowing and early weaning units. Apart from ingredients with a high digestibility, our solutions contain various additives to promote well-being and daily gain.

Blood plasma and fishmeal – excellent protein sources for piglets! 

Fishmeal and blood plasma have good amino acid profiles for piglets. Studies have shown that animal protein improves feed intake and daily gain, with low feed consumption.

Furthermore, blood plasma contains immunoglobulins that strengthen the pig’s own immune system. Lactose is a vital source of energy and protein for piglets. The level of lactose content must be suitable for piglet age.

COMPONENTS IN THE PRESTARTERS

Heat-treated grain and maize

Proteins

Additives

Vitamins

Lactose

PRESTARTERS FROM VILOMIX

THE POWER SERIES:
The Vilomix Power series is designed for herds with dynamic daily gains and focus on feed consumption. Up to six different protein sources are involved – all with high digestibility. They promote growth without compromising the well-being of the piglet.

THE GENTLE SERIES:
Prestarters that quickly get pigs going with eating, while the main focus is on well-being and health.

The solutions in the Gentle series are composed in the same way as the Power series, but is lower in standardised digestible crude protein. Furthermore they also contain BioPro Antibac, which is a blend of organic acids and fatty acids that combined create a good microbial balance in the gut/stomach system.

THE PIGI SERIES:
The Pigi series consists of solutions based on vegetable proteins such as HP 300, Vilosoy and Protastar. Lactose content in the solutions is adjusted to pig size. Gives piglets a smooth transition from sow’s milk to solid feed. The Pigi solutions are full of energy, and have above-norm amino acid profiles to ensure energy and growth in piglets.

Get to know all on the prestarters from Vilomix  


With the 3 distinct series of prestarters Vilomix covers you when you want to boost the growth among your suckling and weaning pigs.

Focus is on the best high-quality components within the categories of grain, proteins, additives, vitamins and lactose.

If you want to learn all on the Power, the Gentle and the Pigi series - feel free to download our brochure!

NUTRITIONAL DIALOGUE

Our technical and nutritional advisory service is a core element in our business philosophy – available to you as our customer.

We see optimisation of feed as a dynamic process and to achieve top results and the best feed economy, a close dialogue is all-important.

Feel free to contact us for formulation suggestions to meet your specific needs. 

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