Ambassador: France

Publication date: July 2019 | Theme: Animal welfare

Challenges: Strategies to reduce aggression between animals

When piglets are mixed with other litters during lactation, it facilitates adaptation at weaning, reduces scratches and improves growth rates in the nursery accommodation, this French producer has found.  Piglets from five different litters are able to move from one farrowing pen to another during lactation, via openings created in the panels, measuring 20 cm x 30 cm. The openings are closed during the first week of life, then opened up so that piglets from five farrowing pens can be mixed and familiarised during the rest of lactation period.

At weaning, pens of 26 piglets are formed. Five days after arrival in the nursery, 26% of the familiarised piglets have scratches, while 98% of unfamiliarised piglets have scratches.  Familiarised piglets show better growth over the 12-day period after weaning, at 552 g/day compared to 442 g/day for unfamiliarised piglets.

Further information will be available on this page in the near future.  In the meantime, to access more details, contact RPIG (France): Fabien Verliat