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Extended nursing and/or increased starter diet allowances for low weaning weight pigs

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dc.contributor.author Craig, Aimee-Louise
dc.contributor.author Muns, Ramon
dc.contributor.author Gordon, Alan
dc.contributor.author Magowan, Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-23T11:58:53Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-23T11:58:53Z
dc.date.issued 2019-10-21
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12518/214
dc.identifier.citation Craig, A.-L., Muns, R., Gordon, A. and Magowan, E. (2020) ‘Extended nursing and/or increased starter diet allowances for low weaning weight pigs’, Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences. Asian Australasian Association of Animal Production Societies, 33(8), pp. 1301–1309. doi: 10.5713/ajas.19.0511. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1011-2367
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.19.0511
dc.description Publication history: Accepted - 3 October 2019; Published online - 21 October 2019. en_US
dc.description.abstract Objective: To evaluate the use of nurse sows and post-weaning nutrition strategies for low wean weight (WW) pigs on lifetime growth and efficiency. Methods: Animals (n = 270) were assigned to one of five treatments at 28 d. Low WW pigs (<6 kg) were either weaned and offered a special dietary regime recommended for low WW pigs (WEAN) or placed on a nurse sow (NURSE) and weaned at 49 d. Normal WW pigs (9 kg) (NORM) were also weaned at 28 d. After weaning, NORM and NURSE pigs were offered either a ‘high’ (4 kg/pig of starter 1 diet followed by 8 kg/pig of starter 2 diet) or ‘low’ (8 kg/pig of starter 2 diet) starter diet allowance in a 2×2 factorial arrangement. A typical grower diet was then offered, followed by a typical finisher diet until 147 d of age. Results: NORM pigs where heavier throughout their life compared to NURSE pigs (91.4 kg vs 76.2 kg at 147 d; p<0.001). WEAN pigs were heavier at 70 d compared to NURSE pigs (23.9 kg vs 21.0 kg; p<0.001), but there was no significant difference at 147 d between NURSE and WEAN treatments. NURSE pigs had reduced feed intake throughout the finishing period (1.6 kg/d; p<0.001) compared to WEAN (2.0 kg/d) and NORM (1.9 kg/d) pigs. Feed conversion ratio (FCR) of NURSE (2.20) was lower than NORM and WEAN during the finishing period (2.40 and 2.79, respectively). Conclusion: Extended (up to 49 d) nursing for low WW pigs resulted in improved FCR during the finishing period, but no overall improvement in growth rate compared to low WW pigs weaned at 28 d and offered a specialised starter regime. Normal WW pigs where significantly heavier than low WW pigs throughout the study. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work was part of a PhD project sponsored by DARD and Pig Regen Ltd. The authors gratefully acknowledge the funders and the technical and farm staff at AFBI Hillsborough. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Asian-Australasian Association of Animal Production Societies (AAAP) en_US
dc.rights © 2020 by Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. en_US
dc.subject Starter Diet en_US
dc.subject Nurse Sow en_US
dc.subject Mortality en_US
dc.subject Light Weight Pigs en_US
dc.subject Weaning en_US
dc.subject Growth en_US
dc.title Extended nursing and/or increased starter diet allowances for low weaning weight pigs en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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