Improved gut morphology in pre-weaned piglets does not reduce the effect of weaning on villous height
King, M.R., Morel, P.C.H., Revell, D.K., James, E.A.C., Birtles, M.J. and Pluske, J.R. (1999) Improved gut morphology in pre-weaned piglets does not reduce the effect of weaning on villous height. In: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, V23, Twenty-third Annual Scientific Meeting, 21 - 24 September, Auckland, New Zealand.
At weaning marked changes in piglet small intestine morphology occur, characterised by a dramatic reduction in villous height. Oral administration oflgG and IGF-I may improve gut integrity, growth and function. In the present experiment, it was hypothesised that providing a supplementary source of IgG and IGF-I for piglets during the lactation period would improve gut morphology, and may reduce the impact of weaning on gut integrity.
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