PIGLET/WEANER – Being prepared Part VI

Tristan and Fiona MacLennan


Piglets are born with a reserve of iron that lasts only a few weeks and the sow’s milk is deficient in iron therefore receiving iron is important to the piglets.

Piglets housed in an outdoor environment receive more than enough environmental iron from the earth or plants to meet their needs. Piglets housed indoors on artificial flooring need 2mg of iron in the first week after birth, normally in the first three days. Alternatively, you may throw a sod of turf in the pen until you let them out to roam.

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