Early nutrition leads to greater uniformity
The genetic potential of pigs continues to increase worldwide. At the same time, birth weights are decreasing and the number of small piglets being born is increasing. However, low birth weight piglets are not necessarily doomed to stay small as they are capable of some degree of compensatory growth. Weaning weight and post-weaning body weight development are more important than birth weight in determining later life growth performance. Our data have shown that a piglet’s growth can accelerate depending on its early nutrition, resulting in greater uniformity.