The effect of feeder type and change of feeder type on growing and finishing pig performance and behaviour

E. Magowan, M.E.E. McCann, Niamh O'Connell

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Abstract

Reduced feed intake and hence lower growth rates commonly occur when the environment of the pig changes, e.g. at weaning and when pigs are moved from growing accommodation to finishing accommodation. It is hypothesised that if environmental factors, such as feeder type, remain the same in the weaning and finishing accommodation this 'growth check' may be reduced. A total of 640 pigs in 32 pens of 20 pigs per pen were used to investigate the effects of two feeder types and changing or not changing the feeder type at 10 weeks of age on growth performance and behaviour in the periods from 4 to 10, 10 to finish (22) and from 4 to finish (22) weeks of age, respectively. The two feeder types tested were a 'wet and dry' single-space (S) feeder and a 'dry' multi-space feeder (M).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-143
Number of pages11
JournalAnimal Feed Science and Technology
Volume142
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Food Science
  • veterinary(all)

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