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Brian Cotton, Swine Specialist
In order to get the maximum number of pigs raised per sow per year, all management tools must be used. Cross fostering is one of these management tools.
Once pigs are born, a warm draft-free environment will ensure that piglets will dry off quickly and will be able to get colostrum as soon as possible after birth. All piglets should suckle milk containing colostrum for at least 4-6 hours. It is important to make sure that smaller potentially non-viable piglets that have trouble competing have nursed.
After pigs have received adequate colostrum, cross fostering can take place. Consider the following factors.