Weaning and Advantages of Early Weaning in Pigs

This is the practice of separating the piglets from their mother. This activity usually exerts stress on the weaned pigs.

Weaning is usually done 3- 6 weeks of age depending on the farmer’s level of management as well as his or her objectives. Other changes should be slowly affected at weaning. Don’t not abruptly change the ration but for a few days, continue feeding creep feed mixed with weaner ration and finally eliminate the creep feed completely at about two weeks after week weaning. Deworming should be done two weeks after weaning.

Advantages of Early Weaning

Losses in piglets due to overlay and starving are significantly reduced. Overlaying accounts for 50% of the pre-weaning mortalities in piglets.

Pigs can be adequately fed and lack of uniformity in a litter can be overcome.

Costs in sow feed can be slashed.

Weaning and Advantages of Early Weaning in Pigs

The sow loses less weight during nursing compared to those that wean after 8 weeks.

The dam can be rebred sooner to produce more period. Other words, it reduces the farrowing intervals.

Better producing sows can be retained for longer period.

Early weaning allows for streamlining of the production and market supply; both weaners and market pigs can be sold.

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