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Successfully managing today’s high-producing sows

The modern sow produces 20% more piglets per litter compared to two decades ago. This increased productivity comes with its own set of challenges. Trouw Nutrition is committed to helping farmers manage the enormous potential of rising productivity while ensuring the focus also remains on high-quality litters and animal welfare. Best results are achieved when feed, farm and health are carefully managed together.

Sow performance
Sow feed and water management
Controlling Salmonella in sows
Reducing antimicrobial resistance in sows
Optimising minerals in a sow’s diet

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