Recent studies show that Hypor sows have the capability to produce large litters and achieve a higher
weaning capacity due to the amount of colostrum that they produce. In studies by Ghent University, and
Trouw Nutrition, the Hypor sows produced the most colostrum with the largest percentage of fat
compared to other breeds of sows.
The recommended amount of colostrum needed for piglet survival and optimal performance is
250 grams. The average colostrum production of Hypor sows is far above this minimum. Of the 100
sows studied at Ghent University, 54 percent of them produced less than 250 grams per pig.
The study also compared the fat content of the Hypor sow with sows from PIC, Topigs and
Danbred. Fat is one of the most important ingredients in colostrum. Hypor sows had the best fat
percentage compared to other sows from PIC, Topigs 20, and Danbred.
In order for sows to produce large numbers of pigs, they need to have the weaning capacity to
raise healthy litters. This research shows that Hypor sows produce the amount of colostrum and fat to
raise large litters of full value pigs.