March 17, 2021
Madie Wensley, a doctoral student at Kansas State University, recently released two short videos summarizing preweaning and postweaning strategies to help improve pig survivability. This research project is part of the Improving Pig Survivability Project directed by Kansas State University, Iowa State University and Purdue.
“Madie's videos and reviews provide a great background and foundation on things that producers can do to help pigs with the transition from milk to nursery diets at weaning,” said Mike Tokach, KSU ASI University distinguished professor and swine extension specialist.
Wensley explains in the videos the findings of her literature review on pre-weaning and post-weaning strategies that can be implemented on farm to improve feed intake and reduce subsequent morbidity and mortality after weaning. The videos focus primarily on swine nutrient intake in the immediate stages prior to and following weaning.
“We highlight management, nutrition, and other factors that influence how pigs transition to the nursery,” said Wensley. “However, maintaining continuity of nutrient intake after weaning begins with people. Having the right people in the barn that know how to read the pigs and understand their needs is essential to successfully getting pigs started on solid feed.”
Wensley completed her undergraduate career at Michigan State University before coming to Kansas State University to purse a master's degree in applied swine nutrition. She is currently a graduate research assistant who also serves an undergraduate research coordinator and teaching assistant.
To watch these videos and learn more about this project, visit https://piglivability.org/.
Improving Pig Survivability is a five-year project encompassing research, education and extension efforts with the goal of reducing overall mortality in the U.S. commercial swine industry. The project is funded by the National Pork Board and the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR).
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