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Pigs weaned at 14 D reach slaughter weight at the same time as pigs weaned at 28 D but are fatter

Dunshea, F.R., Power, G.N., Cranwell, P.D., Campbell, R.G., Harrison, D., Kerton, D.J., Pluske, J.R. and King, R.H. (1997) Pigs weaned at 14 D reach slaughter weight at the same time as pigs weaned at 28 D but are fatter. In: Manipulating Pig Production VI. Proceedings of the sixth biennial conference of the Australasian Pig Science Association (APSA), 7 - 10 December, Canberra, Australia p. 59.

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Abstract

Pigs are commonly weaned at 23-27 days of age. However, sow milk production peaks at 10-14 days of lactation after which it is only sufficient for pigs to attain about 50% of their growth potential (Dunshea et al., 1995). By weaning earlier and providing pigs with a suitable diet, it may be possible to capitalize on their potential for rapid growth. The present study was designed to determine the interrelationships between sex, weaning age and weaning weight on subsequent growth performance.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: APSA Publications
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/28226
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