Life starts already before birth
The uterine environment during gestation is fundamental to optimal development of a sow’s offspring. This is reflected even during embryo development, as well as later when foetal muscle development is affected by the dam’s nutritional status. During the last trimester of gestation, maturation of the piglet’s digestive system is accelerated. It is now that the stomach starts to produce the acid and chymosin needed for protein digestion. This prepares the foetus for neonatal life and beyond. Nutrition of the peri-parturient sow, and her body-condition, impacts on the farrowing process and colostrum production. This in turn provides the neonate with optimal conditions.