Effects of creep feeder design and feed accessibility on preweaning pig performance and the proportion of pigs consuming creep feed

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dc.contributor.author Sulabo, Rommel C.
dc.contributor.author Tokach, Michael D.
dc.contributor.author DeRouchey, Joel M.
dc.contributor.author Dritz, Steven S.
dc.contributor.author Goodband, Robert D.
dc.contributor.author Nelssen, Jim L.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-06T16:10:16Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-06T16:10:16Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/13583
dc.description.abstract Objective: To determine the effects of creep feeder design and feed accessibility on preweaning performance and the proportion of eaters of creep feed. Materials and methods: A total of 54 sows and their litters were assigned to three treatments: rotary feeder with hopper, rotary feeder without hopper, and pan feeder. A creep diet with 1.0% chromic oxide was offered ad libitum from Day 18 until weaning (Day 21). Fecal samples were collected from piglets with sterile swabs 3 to 12 hours before weaning. Piglets were categorized as “eaters” when either of the two fecal samples was colored green; otherwise, they were categorized as “non-eaters.” Pigs were weighed Days 0 (birth), 18, and 21, and litter creep-feed disappearance was determined daily. Results: There were no differences (P > .05) in preweaning gains and weaning weights of pigs and litters using the different types of creep feeder. Litters provided creep feed using the rotary feeder with the hopper had 2.7 times lower total creep-feed disappearance than litters using the rotary feeder without the hopper and the pan feeder (P < .001). However, the rotary feeder with the hopper produced the highest proportion of pigs consuming creep feed within the litter (80%; P < .001). Implications: The proper choice of creep feeder is essential to manage creep feeding and to maximize the number of eaters in the litter. A creep feeder with a hopper may create more eaters with less feed wastage. en_US
dc.rights Permission to archive granted by the Publications Manager of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, April 14, 2011. en_US
dc.subject Swine en_US
dc.subject Creep feed en_US
dc.subject Growth en_US
dc.subject Feeder design en_US
dc.subject Suckling pig en_US
dc.title Effects of creep feeder design and feed accessibility on preweaning pig performance and the proportion of pigs consuming creep feed en_US
dc.type Article (publisher version) en_US
dc.date.published 2010 en_US
dc.citation.epage 181 en_US
dc.citation.issue 4 en_US
dc.citation.spage 174 en_US
dc.citation.volume 18 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid mtokach en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jderouch en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid dritz en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid goodband en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jnelssen en_US

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