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Optimising the health of weaned piglets

Code: 9781801464291
Andrea Luppi, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell’Emilia Romagna (IZSLER), Italy

Chapter synopsis: The weaning period is a very stressful event for the piglet that can impact the health, welfare and performance. This period of transition is characterized by the adaptation of newly weaned piglets to their new environment, diet, changing in their immunological status and pathogens circulation that can impact their following performance. Knowledge of main risk factors and the measures necessary to prevent health problems is of fundamental importance for a better management of this delicate phase in the pig's production path. A large part of the chapter is devoted to the discussion of factors influencing health and performance of pigs and related intervention and prevention strategies to be implemented in the period of transition from weaning. A more specific section, in the second part of the chapter, takes into consideration the main etiological agents acting in the period of transition from weaning, the risk factors for their introduction and diffusion within the farm, and the main measures for their control.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2022.0103.17
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Transition from weaning: factors influencing health and performance of pigs 3 Transition from weaning: intervention and prevention strategies 4 Weaning transition and infectious agents 5 Viruses acting in the period of transition from weaning as immunosuppressive agents 6 Example of diseases recognising risk factors and prevention strategies in the transition from weaning 7 Conclusion and future trends 8 Where to look for further information 9 References

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