This guide helps to deal with the piglets’ management, which is a recurring question among farmers in the Philippines.
How to optimize your piglet environment & feeding to increase your farm economic performance?
In this first part of this guide about piglets’ management, we will get you covered on the feeding characteristics and products that will optimize your piglet growth. In the second part, we will dive into the importance of early management and housing conditions to ensure high survivability rate.
Without further ado, let’s review the feeding program required to get your piglets on the right track.
How to feed your piglets the right way?
The importance of choosing the right type of feeds based on piglet age & farm structure
The feeding program should be adapted to your farm structure and piglet age to maximize efficiency of the feed type and propel your piglet litter to a good weight.
Here is a table summarizing the feed type needs based on your piglet age & your farm structure.
Quick tip: during the post-weaning period (starting generally from 10 days onwards), ad-libitum feeding is recommended to allow easy access to feed evenly through the day.
Which piglet feeding products to use?
The thirty first days of piglets are important to stimulate its growth and intestinal development. Vitamins, amino acids and lactose are thus first-hand diet ingredients to be included in the feed. It is thus recommended to feed piglets with booster feeds at this stage.
Piglet Booster Feed range
Evialis JOLIE 1 is a recommended booster feed to optimize the early feed consumption of the piglets and growth before weaning. You can use it from 10 days old until 1 week after weaning or 2 weeks after for the smallest piglets.
During the suckling period, give JOLIE 1 preferably 3 to 4 times per day in appropriate amount to keep the feed fresh. Never leave empty feeder and replace dirty feed.
Ultrapak Piggy Bloom is a needed feed to strengthen the suckling period (from 5 days old until 1 week after weaning.)
During the suckling period, give Ultrapak Piggy Bloom preferably 3 to 4 times per day in appropriate amount to keep the feed fresh. Never leave empty feeder and replace dirty feed.
In the following thirty days, pre-starter feed is strongly recommended to meet the nutritional and milk requirements of post-weaned piglets.
Piglet Pre-Starter Feed range
Evialis Jolie 2 is a recommended pre-starter feed to attain high levels of performance and stimulate quick feed intake.
Use Jolie 2 ad libitum, from 1 week after weaning to 70 days old.
For the last 4 days of use, start to mix JOLIE 2 with starter feed (Evialis BOSS 110) by gradually increasing starter levels.
Ultrapak Hog Pre-starter is recommended to fortify the piglet’s health against micro-environmental changes.
Use Ultrapak Hog Pre-starter, from 1 week after weaning to 56 days old. For the last 5 days of use, start to mix Ultrapak Hog Pre-starter with Ultrapak Starter, by gradually increasing starter levels.
What are the benefits of using booster and pre-starter feeds for piglets?
There are mainly 4 benefits to use the booster and pre-starter feeds to feed piglets:
- Cooked raw materials, biscuits, milk products
- Sugar & sweeteners
- Aromas & specific additives
- Helps to avoid diarrhea problems
- Limit buffer capacity
- Specific additives to reinforce digestive flora balance (acids, trace element, enzymes)
- High level of vitamins, trace elements, Modulim+
- Improved growth
- High digestibility of raw materials (Proteins, concentrates, milk products)
- High nutritional levels (NE, digestible AA, digestible phosphorus)
4. Highly stable quality
- Selection of specific raw materials such as rice
- Raw material controlled (lab) to insure a high and stable quality
Piglet feeding is only one component of an ensured piglet growth. Management and housing are two other elements that influence its growth.
Stay tuned for the second part of this guide that will deal with the management and housing conditions of piglets.
For any queries about piglet feeding recommendations, contact us.