Correct creep feeding of piglets is key to good production performance

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As piglets grow, their need for nutrients only increases. At the same time, the sow's milk yield decreases, so suckling piglets receive less important micro- and macroelements. Creep feeding can compensate for this insufficiency.

Arjan Meijerink, a pig feeding expert, will tell how to organize it correctly during XII International Congress “Profitable Pig Production!

From day one we prepare piglets for further life. Improper feeding of suckling piglets means that we do not stimulate their digestive system. This, in turn, leads to worse digestibility and absorption of nutrients in older age. If the feed consumption before weaning is insufficient, then after weaning it also does not reach a good level. This will lead to lower feed consumption and higher feed conversion. Economic efficiency is declining, so the farmer has less or no profit.

When we talk about incorrect feeding, we mean inefficient feeding. And, consequently, a waste of time and profit in the long run. Farms that know how to count money and engage in strategic planning aiming to balance out the pig stock, preserve and achieve the full potential of all animals,” — stated the expert.

Due to the increase in the litter size, small piglets receive about 25% fewer nutrients in relation to their needs. Accordingly:

• the weaning weight of piglets decreases;

• the fluctuation in piglet weights in the litter increases;

• Gastrointestinal tract (GIT) disorders, if the piglets try to compensate for the deficiency of nutrients from other sources (sow feeder or bedding).

The solution to this situation is to provide piglets with an additional source of nutrition:

  1. Milk substitute.
  2. Specific super starter for early creep feeding.

These products should be digestible, contain only easily digestible components and additional enzymes. When these products are provided, piglets compensate for the lack of milk, demonstrating maximum productivity.

Due to the fact that despite the Covid-19 crisis, pig breeders need help and information support, the Profitable Pig Production Congress is a great opportunity to share knowledge. Denkavit Company, along with its partner UTAGRO, would like and is able to help Ukrainian farmers,added Mr Arjan Meyerink.

A major event in the pig production will be held on 9 October at the address: shopping center "Terminal", 316 Kyivska st., Brovary, Kyiv region.

Event organizers — Association of Ukrainian Pig Breeders, Ukrainian Agri Council and Dykun Company — invite you to join the XII International Congress  «Profitable Pig Production».


International Congress “Profitable Pig Production” – is one of the biggest events in the pig breeding industry not only in Ukraine, but abroad. This is the platform for discussing the most important questions of the domestic pig production. Among participants are pig breeders, the best Ukrainian and foreign experts in pig production, state representatives, experts from international organizations. This year the event will be held on October 9th in the shopping center "Terminal". Organizers of the event are Association of Ukrainian Pig Breeders, Ukrainian Agri Council and Dykun Company.

Association of Ukrainian Pig Breeders — is a non-profit voluntary organization. Established in July 14th, 2011. At present, AUPB unites 38 farms, supplying over 50% of commercial pork in Ukraine. The main objective of the Association is to protect the rights and interests of pig producers, achieve international standards of production due to the implementation of modern technologies.

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