As piglet litter sizes increase and available labor for lactation barns decreases, piglet vitality is more important than ever. Strong and robust piglets give producers a solid start toward achieving those efficiencies throughout the production system.

In February's Hub Podcast presented by Hubbard Feeds, Egbert Knol from TOPIGS will share recent research that not only identifies the importance of large litters, but proves the performance advantages gained by piglets that are born strong and robust. Healthy piglets prove to be beneficial in reducing mortality in all production phases, from the nursery through to the finishing unit.

With stronger and healthier piglets the producer is set up to wean larger litters, reduce mortality and use fewer medications. In turn, that increases the producer’s prospects for profit. In addition, producers using superior genetics may see the opportunity to reduce the number of sows in their herd yet produce the same number of market hogs.

You can access the February podcast, and sign up for free podcasts. You also can find archives of past podcasts at Hubbard Feeds’ Web site.   The podcasts are listed under “Tips and Tools” under the “Swine” section.”