Topic: Proper feeding of Sows/Gilts
We have one sow that is not producing enough milk and we even have to give supplement to its piglets. Is this an inherent defect of the sow, and in which case, it should already be culled? Can this still be cured?
Sir Irwin - you said that this " ... can be cured ONLY if we can make the sows produce more milk. Medyo madugo eto to solve pero if you are willing to change a few of you current practices then probably we can solve it." What possible current practices should we change to solve this? Thanks.
In most cases, mali lang ang feeding program mo sa gestating. Paano po ang feeding program (amount fed everyday) mo during gestation?
This is my suggested feeding guide:
yung period between 30-90 is termed as the second trimester period ng pagbubuntis. if your current feeding program gives higher amount of feed (than indicated) ang effect nito ay sirain ang mammary ng sow/gilt. magiging mataba ang suso nila pero hindi madedevelop ang mammary gland. mammary gland ang ang nagkoconvert ng body nutrient into gatas.
yung period between 90-112 is termed as the last trimester (or third trimester) ng pregnancy. dito lumalaki ang fetus ng biik. kung ang problem mo ay maliit ang biik, it likely because kulang ang amount mong ibinibigay sa period na eto. Either add or remove the amount given at this period. most farms I know will feed lactating diet sa period na eto or part sa period na eto. theoretically, this can trigger problems like constipation during pregnancy kasi lactating diets have higher density than gestating diets.
in my opinion, give only gestating diet during gestation period (hanga't hindi nakakaka-anak). lactating diet have nothing to do with milk-let down hangga't hindi pa sila nakaka-anak. bagkus minsan ay nakakasama pa nga.
that info came from Kansas State University and I have been using it for more than a decade now.... and it really works.