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Risk factors associated with pigs that have reduced post-weaning growth performance and/or survivability

Morrison, R.S., Pluske, J.R. and Hansen, C.F. (2009) Risk factors associated with pigs that have reduced post-weaning growth performance and/or survivability. In: Manipulating Pig Production XII. Proceedings of the 12th Australasian Pig Science Association (APSA) Biennial Conference, 22 - 25 November, Werribee, Australia p. 105.

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Abstract

Weaner pigs commonly have a post-weaning growth check due to a low feed intake for approximately 10 days post-weaning. Failing to eat after weaning has a profound and long lasting effect on growth, as the digestive tract and the body reserves of the piglet are compromised (Bruininx et al., 2001). Furthermore, approximately 4% of pigs weaned do not survive through to the end of the weaner phase. It is hypothesized that there are pre-weaning factors that affect rate of gain and survival in the post-weaning period. Therefore, the aim of this experiment was to identify the risk factors that are associated with pigs that have poor rate of gain and survivability within 13 d post-weaning.

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/28656
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