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The effects of nursery pig diet complexity on growth performance and carcass quality in various commercial swine settings

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Title: The effects of nursery pig diet complexity on growth performance and carcass quality in various commercial swine settings
Author: Reinhardt, Heather
Department: Department of Animal Biosciences
Program: Animal and Poultry Science
Advisor: Shoveller, Anna Katede Lange, CFM
Abstract: Early nursery pig diets contain costly, highly digestible protein ingredients that improve growth and the transition at weaning. A large-scale study was conducted on multiple commercial swine farms in Southern Ontario to assess the influence of nursery diet complexity on growth performance from weaning to a targeted market weight, carcass traits at time of processing and a serum health biomarker (i.e. haptoglobin). Two dietary treatments were applied during the nursery period, one treatment was high complexity (HC) nursery diets and the second treatment was low complexity (LC) nursery diets. Overall, feeding LC nursery diets did not influence pig growth performance, or serum haptoglobin concentrations. Carcass quality traits and carcass value was also not influenced by nursery diet complexity. Reducing nursery diet complexity may be a feasible alternative to help reduce the cost of pork production.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/10318
Date: 2017-03
Rights: Attribution-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada


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