In recent decades, the number of piglets born per litter has continuously risen. Ac-cordingly, supplying the sow with proteins and minerals to enable optimum provi-sion of these nutrients to her piglets has become a challenging business. Since more low-weight piglets are also expected per litter, their growth must be optimally supported by an appropriate supplementary feed.
Let’s start with the good news: In the Swiss pig production the use of protein and phosphorus has been successfully reduced during the last decades. However, soy protein and phosphate remain sensitive issues for environmental reasons. By breeding pigs that use dietary protein efficiently, researchers are investigating whether it is possible to further reduce these nutrients without compromising growth performance and meat quality.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a serious health threat requiring a One Health approach to combat it. This is because humans, food and animals constitute overlapping reservoirs of antimicrobial resistance. To limit the spread of AMR, antibiotics use, including in pig husbandry, should be dramatically reduced. Post-weaning diarrhoea is often preventively treated with antibiotics. Agroscope is working on non-antibiotic measures to reduce the occurrence of this diarrhoea.