Transitioning baby pigs from milk to pellets

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buckibri
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Transitioning baby pigs from milk to pellets

Post by buckibri » Fri Jun 05, 2020 4:56 pm

Have never used supplemental milk for sows. If they can’t raise pigs they get to meet bob Evans.

Had my elite cross sow farrow 16 live 3# pigs may 26. She can wean 10 at her best naturally. Next two sows had ample sized litters and not much room to transfer. So have a few pigs that have been doing Very well on powdered milk, thriving actually.

Want to get them off the milk and onto starter pellets as soon as I can but wondering how best to transition and at what age/size. Hoping some can share some guidance.

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Re: Transitioning baby pigs from milk to pellets

Post by insulator » Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:09 am

We usually start them by mixing a little feed with the milk and making a soupy mix. Once they get the taste of the feed start mixing a little drier until you have them eating just the dry pellets. We usually start creeping the pigs at about 10 days old while on the sow so the transition at weaning is not so detrimental.

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