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Effect of early weaning on the performance of pure and crossbred piglets



Effect of early weaning on the performance of pure and crossbred piglets



Indian Journal of Animal Sciences 57(7): 770-772



For 226 Large White (LW) piglets weaned at 6, 7 or 8 wk of age, litter size at weaning averaged 7.0+or-0.26, 6.37+or-0.46 and 7.77+or-0.46 resp. vs. 7.28+or-0.99, 6.50+or-0.62 and 5.88+or-0.51 for 196 desi X (LW X desi) piglets weaned at the 3 ages; litter weight at weaning averaged 36.66+or-1.34, 34.72+or-2.83 and 58.03+or-3.91 kg for LWs vs. 35.41+or-5.91, 30.79+or-4.58 and 36.69+or-3.88 kg for crossbreds, preweaning piglet mortality 21.46+or-3.26, 24.20+or-2.47 and 18.61+or-2.06 vs. 23.49+or-9.56, 28.14+or-2.55 and 27.41+or-5.87%, piglet mortality at 8 wk of age 27.11+or-5.12, 29.08+or-3.59 and 18.61+or-2.06 vs. 32.23+or-12.06, 33.69+or-2.78 and 27.41+or-5.87%, av. daily gains from birth to 8 wk of age 95.12+or-3.65, 98.27+or-3.97 and 112.64+or-5.19 vs. 97.22+or-4.88, 102.38+or-5.33 and 91.30+or-5.77 g, and daily gain from birth to 24 wk of age 125.71+or-2.09, 121.87+or-2.59 and 119.53+or-3.17 vs. 110.94+or-3.69, 115.08+or-4.33 and 115.24+or-2.81 g.

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