Nursery pigs in a pen in a hog barn
Over the years litter size has increased which has reduced the uterine space available for fetal growth and development of piglets As a result individual piglet weights have decreasedPigs with a lower birth weight typically have less chance for survival or weigh less at weaning and market mdash all factors that can erode a farmrsquos profitsA Kansas State University research team investigated nutritional options to improve piglet birth weight In this study researchers took a closer look
Weaned pigs
pigs at a feeder in a barn on slatted floor
young pigs at a feeder
pigs drinking from nipple waterers
Finishing pigs
pigs in a pen
Figure 1. The concept behind the sow body condition caliper