Re: Forum: Swine Management: Weaning at 14 days
Hello, Rafa Durán from Spain. I am a bit puzzled here since it looks as if the initial comment is dating 29th Nov but comments above differ in dates, even from 2010 (!). Weaning at 14 days was done for some time in the US and was implemented in Europe but with variable results and in the end it was not allowed to do it anymore (in EU), where min age is 21 days. Natural weaning is even at much higher ages, 52 days and more; this is non practical and economical, clear enough, but why should we challenge piglets
when at 14 days they are still getting milk at its optimal intake in amount and quality (of course we must keep lactating sows
in good condition, but this is another story). Weaning is a huge challenge, let´s wait until 21-28 days of age and we will increase survival rate and reduce scouring problems. The digestive tract need mainly energy to develop, the best energy - digestibility wise - is coming from milk. The heavier at weaning the piglet, the less days to slaughter they will show. Cheers.