A.S. Series 79-28
Death of pigs during the first few days after birth is one the most frustrating occurrences in a swine farrowing facility. Much of this death loss has been attributed to starvation and lack of adequate energy stores in the baby pig at birth. Recent work at several universities has suggested that the addition of 15 to 20% fat to the sow's diet prior to farrowing may increase stores of liver glycogen in the baby pig and increase the pig's survival rate. Under normal conditions this level of fat is impractical, if not impossible, to handle in a feed mill. The research reported herein was conducted to evaluate the use of 10% yellow grease in the sow's diet for 1 week prior to farrowing.
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Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Libal, George W. and Wahlstrom, Richard C., "The Effect of Fat Additions to Sow Diets During Late Gestation on Pig Survivability" (1979). South Dakota Swine Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1979. 3.