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A note on the effect of low dietary inclusion of extruded wheat on growth performance of post-weaning piglets
 
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Ghent University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Physiology, Biochemistry and Biometrics, Salisbutylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke, Belgium
Publication date: 2002-08-02
 
J. Anim. Feed Sci. 2002;11(3):453–460
 
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The effect of low dietary inclusion of extruded wheat (10%) on the growth performance of post-weaning piglets (26 d) was studied throughout two experimental periods: PI (0 to 14 d) and PII (15 to 35 d). The piglets (n=352) were divided into 2 groups (CONTROL, EXTRUSION), each consisting of 16 units (pens) of 11 piglets/unit. At the end of PII, weight of piglets was significantly (P<0.05) higher in the CONTROL compared with the EXTRUSION group. In PII, growth was significantly higher (P<0.05) in the CONTROL group. Feed consumption did not differ (P>0.05) between groups throughout the entire study. In PII and throughout the entire study, feed conversion was significantly better (P<0.001 and P<0.01, respectively) in the CONTROL group. Low dietary inclusion of extruded wheat in piglet feeds immediately post-weaning has no beneficial effects on overall piglet performance.
ISSN:1230-1388