In order to optimize the creep-feed supply to suckling piglets, the growth parameters and the mortality rate of 165 piglets (deriving from 16 litters), either receiving a prestarter-feed from the 5th day of life or from the 11th day of life were studied. The earlier availability of the prestarter-feed offered on day 5th did not resulted in any improvement of the growing parameters or health. Piglets receiving the prestarter-feed from day 11th of life showed, in fact, the higher live weight at weaning (P<0.05). In the following experimental phase, lasting 39 days from weaning, this difference was still appreciable (P<0.05). In the light of the rather high cost of the creep-feeding technique, from our data it is suggested that a feed supply from day 11th of life is more profitable for piglets than an earlier feed administration from day 5th of life.

EFFETTI DELL’EPOCA DI SOMMINISTRAZIONE DI UN ALIMENTO COMPLEMENTARE AL LATTE MATERNO SULL’ACCRESCIMENTO E SULLA MORTALITA’ DEI SUINETTI

SARDI, LUCA;SCALABRIN, MARILENA;PAGANELLI, RICCARDO;MARTELLI, GIOVANNA
2005

Abstract

In order to optimize the creep-feed supply to suckling piglets, the growth parameters and the mortality rate of 165 piglets (deriving from 16 litters), either receiving a prestarter-feed from the 5th day of life or from the 11th day of life were studied. The earlier availability of the prestarter-feed offered on day 5th did not resulted in any improvement of the growing parameters or health. Piglets receiving the prestarter-feed from day 11th of life showed, in fact, the higher live weight at weaning (P<0.05). In the following experimental phase, lasting 39 days from weaning, this difference was still appreciable (P<0.05). In the light of the rather high cost of the creep-feeding technique, from our data it is suggested that a feed supply from day 11th of life is more profitable for piglets than an earlier feed administration from day 5th of life.
ATTI DELLA SOCIETÀ ITALIANA SCIENZE VETERINARIE LIX
Sardi L.; Scalabrin M.; Paganelli R.; Martelli G.
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