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Sex and age at weaning affect small intestinal histology and enzymatic capacity

Pluske, J.R.ORCID: 0000-0002-7194-2164, Power, G.N., Cranwell, P.D., Pierzynowski, S.G., Campbell, R.G., Kerton, D.J., King, R.H. and Dunshea, F.R. (1997) Sex and age at weaning affect small intestinal histology and enzymatic capacity. In: Manipulating Pig Production VI. Proceedings of the sixth biennial conference of the Australasian Pig Science Association (APSA), 7 - 10 December, Canberra, Australia p. 67.

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While pigs are commonly weaned at 23-27 days of age, sow milk production peaks at 10-14 days of lactation after which it limits growth. By weaning earlier and providing pigs with a suitable diet, it may be possible to increase growth of the young pig. However, it is possible that the digestive function of early-weaned pigs may be immature and incapable of digesting many feedstuffs. The present study was designed to examine some of the factors that might influence small intestinal function in the weaned pig.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: APSA Publications
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