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Specialty proteins may aid nursery pig growth

In absence of standard antibiotic programs in nursery diets, porcine plasma and dried egg product improved weaned pig growth parameters.

In order to combat pig performance and health issues related to the weaning process as well as to reduce mortality and morbidity during the postweaning period, antibiotics have been used at sub-therapeutic and therapeutic levels in nursery feed for pigs for more than five decades, according to Iowa State University researchers L.A. Ruckman, A.L. Petry, S.A. Gould and J.F. Patience.

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