Why rearing is as important as breeding when increasing animal performance
The key scientific principle behind the LifeStart program and the observed increase in animal production is known as metabolic programming.
It has been recognized that environmental and nutritional influences during early life development have a profound and long-lasting effects on humans and animals. This is an entirely natural phenomenon that has been proven to exist in all kinds of mammals. The effect is best described as an improvement of the whole life health and performance of individuals beyond what would previously have been considered their full potential. And the directly observed cause of this effect is a better quality piglet in the neonatal period who is prepared for growth and health in later life.