SAINT CHARLES, MO (February 24, 2020) --Thanks to selective breeding, hyperprolific sows – those capable of birthing 30 or more piglets a year -- are gaining in popularity among swine producers. But with their productivity comes challenges: low birth weight and piglet mortality, insufficient lactation, and oxidative stress, to name a few.
Novus International this month released globally a new book, Nutrition of Hyperprolific Sows, that aims to provide this growing segment of the industry with a guide of best practices to meet the needs of these sows.
Written under the scientific guidance of Dr. Antonio Palomo (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain), the book contains articles from well recognized academics, researchers and practitioners like Xavier Manteca, Josep Gasa, Krzysztof Lipiński, Jean-Yves Dourmad, Pedro E. Urriola, Lee J. Johnston, Gerald C. Shurson, Laura Greiner, Sandra Edwards, Stephanie Matheson, Emma Baxter, Luis Sanjoaquin, as well as Novus’s own swine researchers; providing insight on nutrition and management.
Elisabet Rodriguez, senior marketing manager for Novus Europe who spearheaded the book’s creation, said it is a consequence of the company’s commitment to its customers and industry.
“For Novus, it’s crucial to contribute to the industry in ways that will provide better understanding of the real circumstances that our customers are facing,” she said. “This book is one way that we can help them tackle new or ongoing problems.”
While the book’s focus is on the health of today’s hyperprolific sow and that of its progeny, Rodriguez said the book should be of interest to more than nutritionists or veterinarians.
“Its content can be quite helpful for several disciplines: animal scientists, geneticists, professors, students and ultimately swine producers. We also believe that media partners can get some insights for developing new themes of interest for their audiences,” she said.
In its dozen chapters the book expounds on the welfare of the hyperprolific sow and its piglets. Chapters include topics on lameness and skeletal development, trace mineral nutrition, dietary fiber for welfare and productivity, the role of supplemental methionine sources, mammary uptake of metabolites, energy and amino acid requirements during lactation, management interventions for low birthweight piglets, how maternal feeding can alter gene expression, and management protocols during lactation.
“This book is a result of our dedication to solving our customer’s challenges through science,” said Scott Hine, Novus’s vice president of products & solutions and CIO. “It is through our own research and our partnership with researchers and facilities around the world that we were able to assemble this outstanding publication, which we hope the industry will use to provide optimal management of these unique sows for years to come.”
Hardcopies of the book were distributed late last year to customers in Spain and at an invitation-only global launch event on February 12 in Germany. The free, digital version of the book is available at http://www2.novusint.com/freesowbook