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Table 3 Effects of varying phase-feeding programs on growth performance of nursery pigs

From: Effects of varying nursery phase-feeding programs on growth performance of pigs during the nursery and subsequent grow-finish phases

Item High1 Medium2 Low3 SEM4 P-value
Initial BW4, kg 5.98 5.60 5.93 0.13 0.27
Final BW4,5, kg 14.83 ± 0.52 13.25 ± 0.68 13.65 ± 0.46   0.42
ADG4,5, g 273 ± 16 225 ± 20 237 ± 14   0.42
ADFI4, g      
 D4 1-6 266 233 184 15 0.12
 D 1-13 307 214 257 13 0.07
 D 13-33 503 447 433 15 0.14
 Overall 426a 355b 364b 4 0.01
Gain: feed 0.62 0.67 0.64 0.04 0.64
  1. 1Provided with the nursery phases 1, 2 and 3 diets for 7, 14 and 12 days, respectively.
  2. 2Provided with the nursery phases 2 and 3 diets for 14 and 19 days, respectively.
  3. 3Provided with the nursery phases 2 and 3 diets and the high-plane grow-finish phase 1 diet for 7, 14 and 12 days, respectively.
  4. 1-3See Table 1 for nutritional values of the diets used in each feeding program. Data are means or least squares means ± SEM of two pens consisting of 34 females and 34 castrated males, respectively.
  5. 4SEM, standard error of mean; BW, body weight; ADG, average daily gain; ADFI, average daily feed intake; D, day.
  6. 5Initial BW was included in the model as a covariate.
  7. a,bMeans with no common superscripts differ (p <0.05).