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Effect of leaving piglets in the farrowing rooms post-weaning and mixing pre-weaning on piglet performance

  • M. J. Allen (a1), A. H. Stewart (a1) and A. M. Mackenzie (a1)

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The stress caused by weaning piglets is known to have a serious detrimental effect causing a growth check, increased aggression leading to skin lesions and reducing future performance potential. Previous work (Allen et al., 2000) has shown that mixing piglets pre-weaning can improve post-weaning performance and reduce skin lesions caused by fighting without detrimental affects on pre-weaning performance and behaviour. The aim of this experiment was to assess the effect of changing the post-weaning environment on piglet performance.

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Allen, M.J., Stewart, A.H., Mackenzie, A.M. 2000. The effect of mixing piglets at different ages during lactation on post-weaning performance. BSAS Occasional Meeting ‘The Weaner Pig’, Nottingham, Sept 2000, pp1415.

Effect of leaving piglets in the farrowing rooms post-weaning and mixing pre-weaning on piglet performance

  • M. J. Allen (a1), A. H. Stewart (a1) and A. M. Mackenzie (a1)

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