Creep feed intake during lactation enhances net absorption in the small intestine after weaning

W.I. Kuller, H.M.G. van Beers-Schreurs, N.M. Soede, P. Langendijk, M.A.M. Taverne, B. Kemp, J.H.M. Verheijden

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to measure the effect of creep feeding during lactation on net absorption in the small intestine at 4 days after weaning. Intermittent suckling was used to increase creep feed intake during lactation. Creep feed containing chromic oxide was provided. Based on the colour of the faeces, piglets were classified as `eaters¿ or `non-eaters¿, respectively. At day 4 after weaning, an in vivo small intestine segment perfusion test was performed at 5 sites along the small intestine in 24 piglets (12 eaters and 12 non-eaters). At both sides of each intestinal segment a tube was fitted to perfuse and drain fluid in order to assess net absorption. Net absorption was higher in eaters than in non-eaters (P <0.001). Net absorption varied greatly between and within piglets and was highest in the caudal segments of the small intestine (P <0.001). These data suggest that creep feeding could be a useful tool in the prevention of post-weaning diarrhoea.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-101
JournalLivestock Science
Volume108
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • performance
  • pigs

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