The weaning phase represents an enormous psychological and physiological strain for the piglets. The sudden changes in the social environment, the housing environment and the feed composition make the piglets very susceptible to diseases and developmental disorders.
The leaflet summarises the experience gained in a three-year practical project and the observations of consultants on piglet management and feeding around the weaning period.
During the weaning phase, it is particularly important to adapt the management to the piglets' requirements, to avoid management mistakes. The leaflet provides important information regarding the weaning phase according to the needs during this critical time, suitability of barn and pen types for breeding, sows and piglets friendly facilities, and tips for healthy piglets according to husbandry, feeding, hygiene, and controls and treatments. It provides information on the organic regulations of organic production of piglets in the EU, Germany and Switzerland, as well. The leaflet is useful for organic farmers and advisors, alike. This also could be helpful for farmers in transition or thinking about transiting to organic pig production. The information provided to relevant across Europe.