Maintaining gut health in piglets has far-reaching implications for their entire growth cycle and should therefore start in the farrowing pen. Ensuring piglets ingest enough colostrum and milk during the suckling period is vital for optimal health and the development of the gut barrier system.
Weaning is a critical stage in a piglet’s life, exposing the animal to tremendous nutritional, environmental and social stress. As the gut is the main organ affected by stress during weaning, optimising piglet gut health before this phase will have a positive effect on post-weaning performance, and the benefits will multiply as the animal nears the growth/finishing stage. Phileo by Lesaffre has developed solutions to help maintain a healthy piglet gut, supporting optimal performance during suckling and nursery periods, and during weaning, in particular.