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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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dc.contributor.advisor Shoveller, Anna Kate
dc.contributor.advisor de Lange, CFM Reinhardt, Heather 2017-04-21T20:17:37Z 2017-04-21T20:17:37Z 2017-03 2017-03-09 2017-04-21
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Funding provided by Swine Innovation Porc, OMAFRA-University of Guelph Research Partnership, Ontario Pork, NSERC CRD and Alliance Genetics Canada. Also, we would like ti thank Synergy Services Inc., Conestoga Meat Packers and Canadian Center for Swine improvements for their support, as well as the pig producers that participated in this project. en_US
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dc.subject nursery diet complexity en_US
dc.subject Commercial farms en_US
dc.subject pig carcass traits en_US
dc.subject Low Complexity en_US
dc.subject soybean meal en_US
dc.title The effects of nursery pig diet complexity on growth performance and carcass quality in various commercial swine settings en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Animal and Poultry Science en_US Master of Science en_US Department of Animal Biosciences en_US
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