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ACMC Tip: Importance of Colostrum

3 October 2014, at 10:47am

UK - The importance of colostrum cannot be underestimated. It is almost impossible to rear piglets which have received no colostrum, points out ACMC veterinary consultant, Paul Thompson.

This is the vehicle through which the passive transfer of antibodies occurs from sow to piglet.

Vaccines which depend on the vaccination of sows — such as E.coli/clostridia vaccines — will only be effective if all piglets suckle adequate amounts.

Producers should therefore ensure, where possible, that piglets are not being cross-fostered until they have taken on colostrum.

Strategies, such as split-suckling, should be reviewed to ensure all piglets in larger litters receive an adequate dose.