Recent studies from researchers at the University of Illinois have shown that a choline deficiency in sows during pregnancy can influence milk composition. One previous study reports that choline deficiency during pregnancy can delay brain development in pigs.
Choline is an essential nutrient and is used by the body in several ways, including celuular membrane makeup and neurodevelopment.
A recent study, found in The Journal of Nutrition, showed that when sows didn't have enough choline in their diet during pregnancy, alterations in choline metabolites, fatty acids and amino acids were occurring toward the end of lactation.
These changes to the milk composition can have implications on the quality of nutrition the piglets are receiving.
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