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Pre-and post-weaning growth in relation to creep feed consumption of individual piglets

Kim, J.C., Mullan, B.P., Payne, H.G., Callesen, J., Wilson, R.H. and Pluske, J.R. (2005) Pre-and post-weaning growth in relation to creep feed consumption of individual piglets. In: Manipulating Pig Production X. Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial Conference of the Australasian Pig Science Association (APSA), 27 - 30 November, Christchurch, New Zealand p. 165.

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Abstract

Consumption of creep feed pre-weaning is thought to stimulate food intake and growth after weaning (Bruininx e al., 2004). Creep feed intake has traditionally been assessed on the basis of average intake per piglet, which is erroneous because it assumes that all piglets in a litter eat the same amount of feed. Coloured markers can be used in the feed to distinguish between piglets eating different amounts of creep feed by assessing how many times faeces of each piglet is stained with the marker. (Bruininx et al., 2004). In this study we determined whether creep feed intake of individual piglets could be determined qualitatively during lactation using a dye related to post-weaning performance.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Australasian Pig Science Association
Copyright: © 2005 Australasian Pig Science Association (Inc)
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/28109
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