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The influence of teat-order on the pre- and post-weaning growth performance of piglets weaned at 3, 4 and 5 weeks of age

  • C.A. Tsourgiannis (a1), V. Demečková (a1), P.H. Brooks (a1) and J. Eddison (a1)

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The nutritional impact of weaning may, to a large extent, be determined by the milk consumption of the piglets prior to weaning, as piglets suck their ‘home’ teat (Spinka et al., 1995). Since piglets possess a specific teat order and the production of milk from different teats on the same sow may differ by as much as 200% or more (Algers et al., 1990), different piglets within the same litter can be assumed to be affected differently by the nutritional change. This experiment was conducted in order to evaluate the influence of teat-order in pre- and post-weaning growth performance of piglets weaned at 3, 4 and 5 weeks of age.

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Algers, B., Jensen, P. and Steinwall, L., 1990. Behaviour and weight changes at weaning and regrouping of pigs in relation to teat quality. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 26, 143155.
Spinka, M. and Algers, B., 1995. Functional view on udder massage after milk let-down in pigs. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 43, 197212.

The influence of teat-order on the pre- and post-weaning growth performance of piglets weaned at 3, 4 and 5 weeks of age

  • C.A. Tsourgiannis (a1), V. Demečková (a1), P.H. Brooks (a1) and J. Eddison (a1)

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