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Can dietary omega-3 fatty acids replace antibiotics in starter feeds for piglets?

Posted on 23.03.2017 | Last Modified 07.05.2019
Lead Researcher (PI): Eastwood, Laura
Institution: Prairie Swine Centre Inc
Total WGRF Funding: $51,750
Co-Funders: Agriculture Development Fund
Start Date: 2013
Project Length: 2 Years
Objectives:

To determine if feeding sows diets enriched with omega-3 fatty acids can replace the use of antibiotics in starter diets when piglets are weaned at either 3 or 4 weeks of age. To determine if altering sow nutrition by including omega-3 fatty acids will produce healthier piglets at weaning, and how those piglets perform when compared to pigs fed a starter diet containing antibiotics.