The effects of weaning age, diet composition, and categorisation of creep feed intake by piglets on diarrhoea and performance after weaning

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Author(s)

  • J. Callesen
  • D. Halas
  • F. Thorup
  • K. E. Bach Knudsen
  • J. C. Kim
  • B. P. Mullan
  • R. H. Wilson
  • J. R. Pluske

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-123
Journal / PublicationLivestock Science
Volume108
Issue number1-3
Online published30 Jan 2007
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2007
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

This study investigated the effects of weaning age, diet, and classification of piglets as 'eaters' or 'non eaters' of creep feed in lactation, on production and diarrhoea after weaning. Four antimicrobial-free diets were offered in lactation and for 14 days after weaning: (i) wheat-soy based diet with animal and vegetable ('mixed') protein sources (COMM), (ii) heat-processed rice (HPR) with barley hulls and potato starch and mixed protein sources (RBHPS), (iii) HPR with sugar-beet pulp and mixed protein sources (RSBP), and (iv) HPR with mixed protein sources (R). Piglets were individually examined for diarrhoea daily for 14 days after weaning, and antibiotic treatments were individually recorded. Faecal swabs were taken on day 10 after weaning and scored for β-haemolytic Escherichia coli. There were significant main effects of weaning age and diet (both P < 0.001) on daily gain between weaning and 14 days after weaning. Pigs weaned later grew 50 g/day more than pigs weaned earlier, and pigs fed the COMM diet grew slower than pigs fed the rice-based diets. The number of antibiotic treatments was influenced by diet (P < 0.001), with most treatments (2.1) given to pigs fed the diet RBHPS. Faecal score was influenced by a weaning age and diet interaction (P < 0.01). There was no correlation (P > 0.05) between the number of antibiotics treatments and the E. coli score. 

Research Area(s)

  • Creep feed, Post-weaning diarrhoea, Production, Weaning age

Citation Format(s)

The effects of weaning age, diet composition, and categorisation of creep feed intake by piglets on diarrhoea and performance after weaning. / Callesen, J.; Halas, D.; Thorup, F. et al.
In: Livestock Science, Vol. 108, No. 1-3, 01.05.2007, p. 120-123.

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