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Immune Health Starts in the Gut


When you think of your herd’s gut health, swine nutrition and rations come to mind, right? Maybe? Well, whatever the case, let’s talk about what should come to mind.

Healthy guts not only mean smooth food digestion and better growth rates. A sound gut is actually important for good health overall. That’s because the gut of a pig contains most of the animal’s immune system. Put simply, if you don’t have a healthy gut, you don’t have a healthy pig.

Let’s start at the beginning. The first three months of a pig’s life are crucial for developing good gut health. If a piglet becomes stressed during that time, the gut can become permanently damaged. So, it’s important to keep your piglets stress to a minimum. Several events cause stress in the life of young piglets, including farrowing house management, transportation, stocking density and pathogen exposure.

So, what can you do about it? Talk to your veterinarian about how to best manage young piglets. Oral vaccinations will help protect your herd’s gut right at the source of infection. Oral vaccines are easy to administer to piglets as young as 2 weeks old, so you’re able to get that protection from the start.

Stay tuned for more and check out my upcoming podcast, Don’t Forget The Gut, for other good gut stuff in the future.

Statements have been reviewed by Dr. Jessica Seate, Swine Technical Manager for Boehringer Ingelheim.

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