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Animal Industry Report

Extension Number

ASL R2341

Topic

Swine

Summary and Implications

The objective of this study was to determine the effects on pig behavior, performance and physiology of removing sub-therapeutic antibiotics from diets provided to nursery pigs. Including additional fat instead of the traditional antibiotics made the feed more palatable therefore; the treatment group (without antibiotic rations) visited the feeder more quickly and had an improved Feed-to-Gain ratio (F: G) than the control (pigs provided antibiotics) pigs. This study determined that when using high health status pigs, sub-therapeutic antibiotics may be omitted from the diets.

Copyright Holder

Iowa State University

Language

en

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