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Removal of Sub-Therapeutic Antibiotics from Nursery Pigs Diets: Influence on Behavior, Performance and Physiology

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to determine the effects on pig behavior, performance and physiology of removing sub-therapeutic antibiotics from diets provided to nursery pigs. Including additional fat instead of the traditional antibiotics made the feed more palatable therefore; the treatment group (without antibiotic rations) visited the feeder more quickly and had an improved Feed-to-Gain ratio (F: G) than the control (pigs provided antibiotics) pigs. This study determined that when using high health status pigs, sub-therapeutic antibiotics may be omitted from the diets.

Keywords: ASL R2341

How to Cite: Jackson, C. J. , Johnson, A. K. , Stalder, K. J. , Honeyman, M. S. & Karriker, L. A. (2008) “Removal of Sub-Therapeutic Antibiotics from Nursery Pigs Diets: Influence on Behavior, Performance and Physiology”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report. 5(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/ans_air-180814-886