Why use milk replacers?
Once piglets have received colostrum and are well into the habit of suckling, there are many benefits to be gained from supplementing the sow’s milk with a tasty milk replacer in the farrowing unit.
The sow’s milk is essential for healthy pigs, but the use of high quality milk and sound management make it possible to reduce the number of nursing sows and boost the weaning process per sow.
There are several other benefits from a sow caring for its own piglets:
- Less stress for the piglets and sows
- Less spreading of bacteria and viruses
- Better welfare in the farrowing unit
- Higher number of weaned per litter
- Higher intake of dry feed by piglets in the farrowing unit
Vilomix supplies a wide range of products for both manual milk provision and milk cup systems.
Supplementary milk in the farrowing unit is an excellent means of ensuring that all piglets reach their potential milk intake during the suckling period.
Choose the right milk
Regardless of whether manually distributing milk or using a cup system, the milk used must suit the age and requirements of the piglets.
Substitutes for the sow’s own fat- and protein-rich milk have to be composed of ingredients that supplement the sow’s milk and ensure well-being and growth for the piglets.
The milk intake potential of the piglet is greater than the sow’s production
FOR MANUAL MILK MIXING
Vilomix supplies a range of different products for manual milk provision:
Elitemilk Pigi, Elitemilk Pigi Yoghurt and Vilomilk Basic are all used in the farrowing unit, while Babymilk 18/18 smooths the transition to the early weaning unit.
All milk replacers from Vilomix have an attractive taste and smell.
OUR MILK REPLACERS FOR MANUAL MIXING:
ELITEMILK PIGI YOGHURT
Once all piglets have received colostrum, the sow’s milk can be best supplemented with Elitemilk Pigi Yoghurt.
A milk replacer based on skimmed milk and whey powder. Ideal for use as a supplement to the sow’s milk during the first few days after farrowing
A milk replacer composed of quality ingredients. Good at ensuring high energy intake in the baby unit and for the smallest weaners. Ideal for mixing with a prestarter to increase the content of lactose and energy.
Babymilk 18/18 is a tasty supplement based on milk to smooth the transition from the sow’s milk to solid feed in the early weaning unit. Ideal for mixing into weaning feed, such as milk soup or as a top dressing in long feeding troughs.
TIPS FOR MANUAL MIXING OF MILK REPLACERS:
Offer milk in small portions from 12 hours after birth
The milk powder must be thoroughly stirred to eliminate lumps.
Mixing is easiest at 45-55 degrees C
Offer in a bowl twice a day
Adjust daily amount to ensure that the piglets empty the bowl within a couple of hours
Offer a prestarter from day 5 alongside
FOR MILK CUP SYSTEMS
Supplying milk via milk cup feeding systems can be a good booster in the farrowing unit, but still requires attention from the personnel. Once the system is installed, frequent minor adjustments to daily routines will be required:
- The sows will have to accommodate more pigletsCleaning the system and cups must be a daily routine
- Secure access to milk in the cups when the sows are active and feeding. When the sow is feeding, the piglets will also usually be active around the cups
- Supplement early with a good prestarter, so the piglets get started on dry matter intake
Common to all 3 types of milk supplied by Vilomix for milk cup systems is that they:
Maintain a stable pH-value after 24 hours of mixing
- Have a high content of coconut oil with the best fatty acid composition for suckling pigs and piglets
- Have very small fat particles to increase digestibility
Vilomix supplies different milk replacers for use in milk cup systems:
Elitemilk Pigi Cup First, Elitemilk Pigi Cup Favorite and Elitemilk Pigi Cup Two are all used in milk cup systems in the farrowing unit, while Babymilk 18/18 smooths the transition to the early weaning unit, and is used for milk soup or top dressing.
CLEANING AND HYGIENE
Regular cleaning and disinfection of the system is essential to maintain high milk quality. This applies to systems that shut down when not in use, non-return systems and new systems with return. We are always ready if you need advice.
OUR MILK REPLACERS FOR MILK CUP SYSTEMS:
ELITEMILK PIGI CUP FIRST
Milk replacer with high solubility which can be used from day 1 after farrowing.
ELITEMILK PIGI CUP FAVORITE
Ideal for use when the piglet has started suckling, and up until wea-ning. Same good solubility as Elite-milk Pigi Cup First
ELITEMILK PIGI CUP TWO
Suitable for piglets from day 12-14. Works in most milk cup systems. (Except Pump’n’Grow)
Babymilk 18/18 is a tasty supplement based on milk to smooth the transition from the sow’s milk to solid feed in the early weaning unit. Ideal for mixing into weaning feed, such as milk soup or as a top dressing
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