Effect of constant or step-up ractopamine hcl (paylean) feeding programs on growth performance and carcass characteristics of late-finishing pigs

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dc.contributor.author Jacela, J.Y.
dc.contributor.author Tokach, Michael D.
dc.contributor.author DeRouchey, Joel M.
dc.contributor.author Goodband, Robert D.
dc.contributor.author Nelssen, Jim L.
dc.contributor.author Dritz, Steven S.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-12T17:07:36Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-12T17:07:36Z
dc.date.issued 2009-11-12T17:07:36Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/2127
dc.description.abstract A total of 1,099 pigs (PIC 337 × C22; initial BW = 208 lb) were used to evaluate the effect of ractopamine HCl (RAC) feeding programs on growth and carcass traits of late-finishing pigs. Pigs were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 treatments balanced by average BW within gender. There were 14 pens per treatment and 26 pigs per pen. Treatments were a basal diet with: (1) 0 g/ton RAC for 28 d (control), (2) 0 g/ton RAC from d 0 to 7 and 4.5 g/ton RAC from d 7 to 28 (constant), and (3) 4.5 g/ton from d 0 to 14 and 6.75 g/ton from d 14 to 28 (step-up). Pig ADG, ADFI, and F/G were determined weekly, and carcass data were collected at the end of experiment. From d 0 to 7, step-up pigs had improved (P < 0.04) ADG, ADFI, and F/G compared with pigs in all other treatments. From d 0 to 14, RAC-fed pigs, regardless of the feeding program, had greater (P < 0.01) ADG and better (P < 0.01) F/G than control pigs. From d 14 to 28, although pigs in both RAC-fed treatments had greater (P < 0.01) ADG than control pigs, the step-up pigs had lower (P < 0.05) ADG and ADFI than the constant-fed pigs. Regardless of the RAC feeding program, all RAC-fed pigs exhibited better (P < 0.01) F/G than control pigs. From d 7 to 28, pigs fed the constant and step-up treatments exhibited greater (P < 0.01) ADG and better (P < 0.05) F/G than control pigs. However, when pigs fed the RAC-fed treatments were compared, step-up pigs had lower (P < 0.01) ADG and ADFI but similar (P > 0.27) F/G. Overall (d 0 to 28), ADFI (P = 0.15) was similar between treatments, but RAC-fed pigs had greater (P < 0.01) ADG than control pigs, which led to improved (P < 0.01) F/G. Pigs fed either RAC feeding strategy had similar performance overall. RAC-fed pigs had heavier (P < 0.05) carcass weights and tended (P < 0.10) to have greater yield than control pigs. Among the 3 groups, step-up pigs had the greatest (P < 0.05) percentage lean, loin depth, and fat-free lean index as well as the lowest (P < 0.01) backfat depth. The pigs fed either RAC program had greater (P < 0.05) revenue than control pigs. Although feed cost was higher (P < 0.01) in the RAC-fed pigs than in the control, income over feed cost tended (P < 0.07) to be higher for RAC-fed pigs than for control pigs. In conclusion, feeding a constant level of 4.5 g/ton RAC for 21 d improved growth similarly to feeding the 28-d step-up program. However, the 28-d RAC step-up program resulted in additional improvement in carcass traits of late-finishing pigs. en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Swine day, 2009 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 10-014-S en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Report of progress (Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service); 1020 en_US
dc.subject Growth en_US
dc.subject Ractopamine HCl en_US
dc.subject Swine en_US
dc.title Effect of constant or step-up ractopamine hcl (paylean) feeding programs on growth performance and carcass characteristics of late-finishing pigs en_US
dc.type Conference paper en_US
dc.date.published 2009 en_US
dc.citation.epage 238 en_US
dc.citation.spage 232 en_US
dc.description.conference Swine Day, Manhattan, KS, November 19, 2009 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid dritz en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid mtokach en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jderouch en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid goodband en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jnelssen en_US

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