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Weaning the pig : concepts and consequences

Author: J R Pluske; J Le Dividich; M W A Verstegen
Publisher: Wageningen : Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

This volume addresses the major issues surrounding the weaning process, both for piglets and the breeding herd, in modern-day pig production. It draws together summaries of research dealing with both  Read more...


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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Weaning the pig.
Wageningen : Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2003
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J R Pluske; J Le Dividich; M W A Verstegen
ISBN: 9076998175 9789076998176
OCLC Number: 52911293
Description: 432 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Growth of the weaned pig: introduction; the potential growth of weaned pigs; description of growth; the growth check at weaning; bodyweight at weaning - its importance for post-weaning growth; can weaning weight be increased by supplementary feeding?; do pigs stimulated to reach higher weaning weights grow faster to slaughter?; do pigs exhibit compensatory growth?; the importance of weight gain in the first week after weaning; minimising the growth check at weaning; does minimizing the growth check have long-term benefits?; conclusions; references. Nutritional management of the pig in preparation for weaning: introduction; the importance of weaning weight to subsequent growth; nutrient intake before weaning, supplying creep food in lactation, dry creep feed intake, liquid diets to enhance feed intake, the effects of gender on nutrient intake of neonatal pigs; the composition of diets offered during lactation, dietary formulation of creep diets, use of flavours in creep/starter diets, presentation of the creep diet; water for suckling pigs; conclusions; references. Behavioural changes and adaptations associated with weaning: summary; introduction; concepts and consequences.
Responsibility: edited by J.R. Pluske, J. Le Dividich, M.W.A. Verstegen.


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