Source: National Hog Farmer

This article discusses the impact of dietary fiber supplementation on the reproductive performance of sows during the transition from gestation to the farrowing process. The study evaluated the effects of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber at different levels of supplementation on sow and litter performance. Soluble fiber did not significantly affect the number of stillborn pigs or piglet birth weight but led to a lower number of non-viable pigs at weaning. Insoluble fiber at 1 lb/day reduced the number of stillborn pigs, but increased low-birth weight piglets and non-viable pigs at weaning.

Insoluble fiber at 2 lb/day increased the number of stillborn pigs, but resulted in quality litters at weaning with the lowest number of non-viable pigs. The study also noted that insoluble fiber may lead to prolonged farrowing, which could affect piglet survival. Further research is needed to explore the impact of fiber supplementation on farrowing duration and piglet vitality. In conclusion, soluble fiber supplementation during late gestation and pre-farrowing periods may be a practical nutritional strategy for sows.

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