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Spray-dried porcine plasma improves the performance of weaner pigs regardless of weaning weight

Hernández, A., Hansen, C.F., Mansfield, J., Mullan, B.P. and Pluske, J.R. (2009) Spray-dried porcine plasma improves the performance of weaner pigs regardless of weaning weight. In: Manipulating Pig Production XII. Proceedings of the 12th Australasian Pig Science Association (APSA) Biennial Conference, 22 - 25 November, Werribee, Australia p. 31.

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Abstract

Two major problems facing the Australian pig industry with respect to weaning of pigs are first, the low feed intake in the first 7-14 days following weaning, and second, the more variable and poorer performance of light-for-age pigs (eg. <5.0 kg at 21 days). Spray-dried porcine plasma (SDPP) is used extensively in diets for weaner pigs in some parts of the world because of its capacity to enhance feed intake after weaning, which is thought to be linked to its IgG concentration (eg. van Dijk et a!., 2001), however we are unaware of any research examining SDPP under Australian conditions. The main objective of this study was to see whether weaner diets containing SDPP could assist light-for-age pigs to perform better in the post-weaning period.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Australasian Pig Science Association
Copyright: © 2009 Australasian Pig Science Association (Inc)
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/28624
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