Artificial rearing of baby pigs with twice-a-day feeding and cow colostrum

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports, Dec 1979

Four experiments involving 140 pigs were conducted to evaluate cow colostrum and twice-a-day feeding in artificial rearing of baby pigs. Piglets were allowed to nurse the sow for 15 hours after birth and allotted by litter and weight to milk replacer or milk replacer plus cow colostrum. Piglets were housed in individual wire cages and fed four times on day one, three times on day two, and twice daily days 3 through 21. Dry feed was offered to pigs after day 14. Pigs were removed from the individual cages and moved to a conventional nursery at 21 days of age. Piglets receiving cow colostrum had improved weight gains and decreased incidence of scours during the first week of life. Piglets fed cow colostrum had increased livability (98 vs. 91%) compared to piglets receiving only milk replacer. There was little advantage to feeding cow colostrum after the first week. Piglets raised artificially were similar in weight to sow-reared pigs at 6 weeks of age. These results suggest a practical, inexpensive method of artificially rearing of orphaned or extra baby pigs.; Swine Day, Manhattan, KS, November 8, 1979

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Artificial rearing of baby pigs with twice-a-day feeding and cow colostrum

Artificial rearing of baby pigs with twice-a-day feeding and cow colostrum M T. Noll G L. Allee Follow this and additional works at: http://newprairiepress.org/kaesrr Part of the Other Animal Sciences Commons Recommended Citation - This report is brought to you for free and open access by New Prairie Press. It has been accepted for inclusion in Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports by an authorized administrator of New Prairie Press. Copyright 1979 Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. Contents of this publication may be freely reproduced for educational purposes. All other rights reserved. Brand names appearing in this publication are for product identification purposes only. K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Artificial rearing of baby pigs with twice-a-day feeding and cow colostrum Abstract Four experiments involving 140 pigs were conducted to evaluate cow colostrum and twice-a-day feeding in artificial rearing of baby pigs. Piglets were allowed to nurse the sow for 15 hours after birth and allotted by litter and weight to milk replacer or milk replacer plus cow colostrum. Piglets were housed in individual wire cages and fed four times on day one, three times on day two, and twice daily days 3 through 21. Dry feed was offered to pigs after day 14. Pigs were removed from the individual cages and moved to a conventional nursery at 21 days of age. Piglets receiving cow colostrum had improved weight gains and decreased incidence of scours during the first week of life. Piglets fed cow colostrum had increased livability (98 vs. 91%) compared to piglets receiving only milk replacer. There was little advantage to feeding cow colostrum after the first week. Piglets raised artificially were similar in weight to sow-reared pigs at 6 weeks of age. These results suggest a practical, inexpensive method of artificially rearing of orphaned or extra baby pigs.; Swine Day, Manhattan, KS, November 8, 1979 Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. This Research Report article is available in Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports: http://newprairiepress.org/ kaesrr/vol0/iss10/194


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M T Noll, G L Allee. Artificial rearing of baby pigs with twice-a-day feeding and cow colostrum, Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports, 1979,