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Arginine supplementation did not improve post-weaning growth performance or survivability of 27 day old pigs

Morrison, R.S., Collins, C.L. and Pluske, J.R. (2009) Arginine supplementation did not improve post-weaning growth performance or survivability of 27 day old pigs. In: Manipulating Pig Production XII. Proceedings of the 12th Australasian Pig Science Association (APSA) Biennial Conference, 22 - 25 November, Werribee, Australia p. 51.

Abstract

Young mammals including pigs have a high dietary requirement for arginine, predominantly due to its role as a nitrogen carrier in tissue proteins, and role in gastrointestinal growth and development. There has been limited research conducted on the requirements for arginine in the post-weaning period. Hernandez et al., (2008) showed that the addition of 6g/kg arginine to the diets of newly weaned pigs for 10 d post-weaning, improved daily feed intake and daily gain in the dietary transition period between d 11 and 14 post-weaning. It is hypothesised that supplemental arginine will improve growth performance of newly weaned pigs. The aim of this experiment was to investigate the effect of arginine supplemented at different rates ranging from 0 to 9 g/kg for 12 d post-weaning, on the growth performance and survivability of newly weaned pigs.

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/28629
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