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Neither Photoperiod in the Farrowing Room nor Time of Weaning Affect Nursery Performance

11 March 2016

Weaning, which requires adapting to a new feed source and environment, may result in anorexia and reduced growth in the initial 24 to 48 hours in the nursery.

Does altering the photoperiod in the farrowing room and/or if weaning at the end of the light or the dark cycle would affect performance in the nursery.

Pigs were given either a 16 h light:8 h dark (16L:8D) or a 8L:16D photoperiod while in the farrowing room, and weaned either at the end of the dark or the light cycle.

Neither photoperiod in the farrowing room, nor time of weaning affected growth rate in the nursery and nursery exit weights were similar among treatments.

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