Pigs, Animal husbandry, Rearing piglets.
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When a newly-farrowed sow succumbs to accident or disease, or is unable to produce sufficient milk for the litter, the pig-raiser may be faced with the problem of hand-feeding the young pigs. If it is possible for the piglets to obtain colostrum (often known as "first milk" or "beastings") during their first two days of life, their chance of survival will be increased and they may be reared successfully on cow's milk.
Williams, A. W.
"Rearing orphan piglets,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3: Vol. 6:
5, Article 16.
Available at: https://library.dpird.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture3/vol6/iss5/16