J. Lindberg, M. Neil, M.-a. Cidh
Proceedings of the British Society of Animal Science
One way of improving the growth rate of piglets could be to provide a palatable diet with high nutritive value (Pluske et al., 1995). Several earlier studies have shown that this is possible by improving the piglet diet either by selecting ingredients or by processing the cereals in the diet (Hardy, 1992). An alternative could be to offer the piglets a milk replacer, in addition to a dry piglet feed, in order to make the transition to a complete dry feeding smoother. Recent data suggest that villus height and crypt depth are maintained after weaning in piglets when fed cows whole milk and that the capacity to absorb monosaccharides was increased (Pluske et al., 1996). The aim of the experiment was to study the effect of ad libitum access to milk replacer to piglets, in addition to dry piglet feed and sows milk, on the performance of piglets, slaughter pigs and sows.