A note on the growth of early-weaned Hampshire piglets

C. T. Whittemore, A. W. Illius*

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The appetite and growth of individually-fed, weaned Hampshire and Saddleback piglets and of Hampshire and Large White × Landrace piglets were compared in three experiments from 14 to 49, 28 to 55 and 21 to 45 days of age. There was a reduced rate of growth in the Hampshire piglets, which was not found to be related to any need of Hampshire piglets for a higher quality diet. Neither was there any reduction in the efficiency with which Hampshire piglets used ingested nutrients, nor a differential rate of deposition of any body component. Hampshire piglets ate less food than Saddleback or Large White × Landrace piglets and this reduced appetite was largely accounted for by the lower body size.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-392
Number of pages4
JournalAnimal production
Issue number3
Publication statusPrint publication - Dec 1974


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