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Piglets suckling anterior teats during lactation grow faster but then show a reduced rate of growth

Kim, J.C., Mullan, B.P., Callesen, J., Wilson, R.H. and Pluske, J.R. (2005) Piglets suckling anterior teats during lactation grow faster but then show a reduced rate of growth. 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. 226.

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Abstract

The anterior teats of sows contain more protein and DNA (Kim et al., 2000) and produce up to 200% more milk than the posterior teats (Algers et al., 1990). As a consequence, piglets suckling from anterior teats drink more milk and are generally heavier at weaning (Pluske et al., 1996; Kim et al., 2000). However, the subsequent post-weaning performance of piglets tl1at suckled anterior or posterior teats has not been reported. The purpose of this study was to determine the performance of pigs before and after weaning based on their teat (suckling) order during lactation.

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/28112
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