The effects of frequent out-of-feed events on growth performance of nursery, growing, and finishing pigs

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dc.contributor.author Linneen, S.K.
dc.contributor.author Goodband, Robert D.
dc.contributor.author Tokach, Michael D.
dc.contributor.author DeRouchey, Joel M.
dc.contributor.author Nelssen, Jim L.
dc.contributor.author Dritz, Steven S.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-20T16:27:06Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-20T16:27:06Z
dc.date.issued 2009-10-20T16:27:06Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/1880
dc.description.abstract An “out-of-feed” event is defined as a period of time that pigs do not have access to feed as a result of late feed delivery (feeders running empty) or bridging of bulk bins, feed lines, or feeders. To determine the effects of these out-of-feed events on pig growth performance, nursery and growing-finishing pig studies were conducted. In Exp. 1, 190 pigs (initial wt 14.0 lb) were allotted to one of four experimental treatments. Treatments included a 20-hour feed withdrawal for 1, 2, or 3 randomly selected times during the 35-d trial or a control treatment in which feeders were never withdrawn. Feeders were withdrawn on d 11 for pigs with 1 out-of-feed event, d 8 and 23 for pigs with 2 out-of-feed events, and d 9, 14, and 20 for pigs with 3 out-of-feed events. Throughout the study, the week in which an out-of-feed event occurred, ADG and ADFI were decreased (P<0.06), compared with those of control pigs. In some instances, if the out-of-feed event occurred early in the week, pig growth performance was intermediate to that of control pigs and the other pigs with an out-of-feed event later in the week. In the following week, however, pigs that had an outof- feed event in the previous week had improved ADG and F/G, compared with performance of the others. For the overall study, there were no differences in growth performance among pigs with 0, 1, 2, or 3 out-of-feed events. In Exp. 2, 479 growing-finishing pigs were used in an 85-d trial in a commercial finishing barn to determine the effects of frequency and timing of out-of-feed events on pig performance. Treatments included feed withdrawal (20 h) weekly for the duration of the trial, feed withdrawn weekly from d 45 to 85 (market wt), or a control treatment in which pigs had access to feed for the duration of the trial. Feed withdrawal occurred on a randomly selected day, with the exception of Saturday, Sunday, or a day before a weigh day (usually a Wednesday every other week). There were no differences (P>0.13) in growth performance throughout the 85-d trial. With weekly out-of-feed events in the finishing phase, there is a possibility that pigs may quickly learn to adjust their feed intake for the out-of-feed event. In this study, however, results suggest that out-of-feed events (20 h or less) will have no long-term effects on growth performance in nursery or growing-finishing pigs. en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 08-83-S en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Swine day, 2006 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Report of progress (Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service); 966 en_US
dc.subject Finishing pigs en_US
dc.subject Feed management en_US
dc.subject Out-of-feed events en_US
dc.subject Starter pig en_US
dc.subject Swine en_US
dc.title The effects of frequent out-of-feed events on growth performance of nursery, growing, and finishing pigs en_US
dc.type Conference paper en_US
dc.date.published 2006 en_US
dc.citation.epage 157 en_US
dc.citation.spage 153 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid goodband en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid dritz en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid mtokach en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jderouch en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jnelssen en_US

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