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Title: Growth Performance and Survival of Landrace* Largewhite Piglets Raised on Concrete and Slatted Floors at Imbizo Kraal Farm in Umguza District. Matabeleland North Province
Authors: Beta, Arnold
Keywords: slatted crate
concrete floor
weaning weight
Issue Date: Jun-2018
Publisher: Lupane State University
Abstract: The objective of the study was to determine the effect of raising Largewhite x Landrace piglets in two types of floors (concrete and slatted crate) on their growth performance and survival rates. A total of 60 litters from sows of five different parities (2,3,4, 5 and 6) were used. The data on birth weights, weaning weights, weekly weights and mortality rates was collected from farm records at Imbizo kraal farm, Umguza District. Thirty litters were raised on concrete floors and another thirty on slatted crate floors from birth to weaning at 28 days. There was no significant (p<0.05) differences that were observed on growth performance parameters that were considered in this study. However, significant (p<0.05) rates of survival were found. A 98.18% survival rates which translates to a mortality rate of 1.82% was recorded on litters from the 2nd parity sows that were raised on slatted crate floors. We therefore, concluded that the floor type had no effect on growth performance but affected survival rates of Landrace*Largewhites piglets. Slatted crates have a potential to reduce piglet mortality and increase pig production efficiency under commercial production systems.
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