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Milk intake and birth weight determine live weight of piglets

Pluske, J.R.ORCID: 0000-0002-7194-2164 and Williams, I.H. (1990) Milk intake and birth weight determine live weight of piglets. In: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, V15, Fifteenth Annual Scientific Meeting, 26 - 28 November, Adelaide, SA, Australia p. 37.

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The growth rate of piglets and their live weight at weaning is determined by the amount of milk they obtain from the sow. This in turn is governed by their birth weight and the sucking position or teat order along the sow's udder (McBride et al. 1965; Fraser and Jones 1975; Hemsworth et al. 1976). We have conducted two studies in an attempt to assess the importance of birth weight and teat order on milk intake and subsequent live weight of piglets at three weeks of age.

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