To achieve a good feed intake it is essential to reach adequate water consumption
Choice feeding is the best choice for piglets of different weights and / or ages to choose between two different feeds in order to meet their growth needs. The response is even better in farms with enteric problems.
Open housing allow to increase the actual surface per weaned piglet, thus reducing hierarchy problems, and redefining the dunging, lying and feeding areas.
Milk supplementation shows much higher growth rates in the fattening stage, so its implementation would be interesting to regain body condition in animals with low birth weight.
If we decide to use foster sows to wean the "extra" piglets farrowed by hyper-prolific sows, we must decide which system is best suited to our farm and our management conditions.
Meeting the needs of the newly weaned pigs often proves to be difficult in many production settings.
Various strategies are discussed: offering up to 3 different types of feed, budget feeding, density of piglets per feeder space, ...