Reducing performance variation of piglets in a multi-suckling system

Promovendus T (Tianyue) Tang MSc
Promotor WJJ (Walter) Gerrits
Copromotor NM (Nicoline) Soede
Externe copromotor Inonge Reimert
Carola M.C. van der Peet-Schwering
Organisatie Wageningen University, Leerstoelgroep Diervoeding, Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences (WIAS)

di 21 februari 2023 11:00 tot za 21 januari 2023 12:30

Locatie Omnia
Zaal/kamer Auditorium


In recent years, multi-suckling systems with an extended lactation for sows and their litters have been developed to improve animal welfare. However, a problem of these systems is a large variation in growth rate of piglets, which hampers their introduction in current all-in-all-out pig production. In this thesis the causes of this variation and interventions to reduce this variation were studied. Among 12 piglet traits, we found that birthweight and feed intake play an important role in explaining the variation of their growth rate in early and late lactation, respectively. However, more than 55% of the variation in growth rate remained unexplained by the traits studied. We also investigated two interventions (i.e. timing of grouping litters and split-weaning of the heavy piglets), but they did not have an obvious effect on reducing piglet growth rate variation. This thesis further provides insights for taking other measures to reduce piglet growth rate variation in multi-suckling systems.