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The effect of littermate weight on survival, weight gain, and suckling behavior of low-birth-weight piglets in cross-fostered litters



The effect of littermate weight on survival, weight gain, and suckling behavior of low-birth-weight piglets in cross-fostered litters



Journal of Swine Health and Production 9(4): 161-166



To determine whether low-birth-weight piglets show better survival, weight gain, and suckling behaviour when grouped with other small piglets by cross-fostering. We manipulated the number and size of foster littermates for low-birth-weight piglets in 31 small (eight or nine piglets) and 22 large (11 or 12 piglets) litters.

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