Farrow Pulse is a new compound feed for sows before farrowing. It was created by the Vilofoss research team in 2017.
Its main objective is to reduce the number of stillborn piglets by providing a better muscle tonicity in sows. Farrow Pulse has also other interesting properties including an increase in milk production.
The principle of Farrow Pulse is based on a drop in dietary electrolyte balance (dEB) of 100 units by adding calcium chloride.
At farrowing, the sow mobilizes calcium in the blood to strengthen muscle contractions. Calcium is also necessary to start and maintain the milk production. A lack of calcium availability increases the risk of long farrowing duration and reduces the milk production.
A decrease in sow feed dEB of 80 -100 units contributes to stimulate the release of calcium from the bones - compared to gestating feed 5 to 7 days before farrowing.
Furthermore, it decreases the pH of urine and thus reducing the number of bacteria in the urine.
These different effects are contributing to less stillborn piglets.
French results (Brittany) 2017 - 2500 sows - 6 farms
|Trial on pig farm in Brittany, France
farm with 450 sows
|Number of sows||102||101|
|Total born per litter||14.8||15.0|
|Born alive per litter||13.4||14.1|
|Stillborn per litter||1.4||0.9|
|Weaning piglets per litter||11.9||12.5|
|Trial in Denmark||Control||Farrow
|Number of sows||42||42|
|Born alive per litter||16.8||17.0|
|Stillborn per litter||2.1||1.5|
Farrow Pulse increases the weaning weight of piglets (19 days old) from 5.9-6 kg to 6.5 kg
Wheat, calcium chloride, polymer fibres, asteracae pulp, source of glucose,
Mixture of flavouring compounds
100 g per day/sow from 7-10 days before farrowing (from entrance into farrowing room) to 3 days after farrowing.
Packaging: 25 kg bags, 500 kg or 1000 kg big bags