Year: 2021 | Month: October | Volume 11 | Issue 5

Effects of Split Weaning on the Performance of Hampshire Piglets

Arunima Kalita Raj Jyoti Deka Jogi Raj Bora1 Adib Haque Ankur Das Gunaram Saikia
DOI:10.30954/2277-940X.05.2021.8

Abstract:

The investigation was carried out under the Department of Livestock Production and Management, College of Veterinary Science, Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara, Guwahati-22. Forty eight piglets of Hampshire pig of three weaning age groups from six sows, considering an average litter size of 8 were selected for the experiment. Two groups (Group I and II) werem split weaned at 28th and 35th days of age where 50 per cent of higher body weight piglets of the litter were separated and rest 50 per cent were kept with mother up to 56 days of conventional weaning. Another litter was weaned as conventional weaning age, 56 days (Group III). After weaning, the piglets were reared up to 75 days for studying of post weaning effect. The average body weight gain and total body weight was found to be higher in Group II and was found significantly higher followed by Group III and Group I while, the corresponding results was also observed in respect to the average daily, total and final body weight gain. In regards to the average total feed consumption, feed consumption by per piglet, feed consumption by per piglet per day and total feed consumed till end of the experiment period was more or less equal; the feed conversion efficiency was found to be comparatively higher in Group II than Group I and III.

Highlights

  • The study focused on the effect of split weaning on growth of piglets.
  • Split weaning facilitates growth and helps in efficient feed conversion.


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