EVALUATION OF SUPPLEMENTING HERBAL PRODUCT TO SOWS FOR IMPROVING LITTER WEIGHT AND REDUCING PIGLET MORTALITY
Objective: To examine the impact of the herbal product in improving litter weight, reducing piglet mortality and increasing milk production in sows.
Methods: 20 sows which were in their late gestation period were randomly divided into two groups (n=10). Group T0 sows served as no treatment control group, and T1 group sows were supplemented with herbal galactagogue premix, Payapro (M/S Ayurvet Ltd., Baddi) administered for 5 d prior to farrowing and & 10 d post farrowing.
Results: The analyses of result revealed that the postpartum milk yield (Approximately for 2 mo) was found to be increased in Payapro supplemented group (166 liters) in comparison to control group (103.5 liters). A significant reduction in mortality in Payapro supplemented group was evident at the time of weaning. Mean piglet weight was improved in the treatment group by 38.8%. Average litter size was also more in Payapro supplemented group (8.6) than the control group (7.7).
Conclusion: Payapro premix can enhance the sow productivity in terms of milk production and number of. pigs produced per litter.Keywords: Galactogogue, Mean piglet weight, Average mortality
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