Piglet growth before and after weaning in relation to a qualitative estimate of solid (creep) feed intake during lactation : A pilot study

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Author(s)

  • John R. Pluske
  • Jae-Cheol Kim
  • Christian Fink Hansen
  • Bruce P. Mullan
  • Hugh G. Payne
  • Jes Callesen
  • Robert H. Wilson

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-480
Journal / PublicationArchives of Animal Nutrition
Volume61
Issue number6
Online published15 Nov 2007
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

The experimental objectives were to verify whether a qualitative measure of creep feed consumption using a dye was related to performance, and associate this with teat order. Indigo carmine (5g/kg) was added to a starter diet between days 12 and 31 (weaning) of lactation. On days 19, 23, 27 and 31, faeces from each piglet were assessed for colouration. Each piglet was categorized as a 'good', 'moderate' or 'small/non' eater of feed. There were no differences in pre-weaning growth rate between categories. Piglets classed as 'good' or 'moderate' eaters in lactation grew fastest (p=0.009) in the first three days after weaning, but between days 4 and 7, the highest growth rate occurred in 'moderate' eaters. 'Small/non' eaters grew slower (p0.01) between weaning and 28 days after weaning. Piglets drinking milk from anterior teats were heavier at weaning (p0.001) and for the first 14 days after weaning (p=0.104) compared to piglets sucking posterior teats. Data from this study demonstrated that creep feed intake of piglets could qualitatively be assessed using indigo carmine, and that this categorization was related to performance in the immediate post-weaning period.

Research Area(s)

  • Creep feed, Growth rate, Piglet, Teat order, Weaning

Citation Format(s)

Piglet growth before and after weaning in relation to a qualitative estimate of solid (creep) feed intake during lactation : A pilot study. / Pluske, John R.; Kim, Jae-Cheol; Hansen, Christian Fink; Mullan, Bruce P.; Payne, Hugh G.; Hampson, David J.; Callesen, Jes; Wilson, Robert H.

In: Archives of Animal Nutrition, Vol. 61, No. 6, 12.2007, p. 469-480.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review