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Table 4 Mean values for pig BW, ADG, ADFI and FCR after weaning for three different weaning treatments

From: Intermittent suckling with or without co-mingling of non-littermate piglets before weaning improves piglet performance in the immediate post-weaning period when compared with conventional weaning

Day1 Treatment2
CW IS ISCoF ISCoNF
BW, kg
 D 2 7.5 ± 0.23 7.3 ± 0.23 7.3 ± 0.34 7.6 ± 0.31
 D 8 8.4 ± 0.24 8.7 ± 0.24 9.0 ± 0.37 9.0 ± 0.33
ADG, g
 D 0 to 2 −25 ± 13.9 −56 ± 13.7 −78 ± 21.6 −48 ± 17.7
 D 2 to 8 165 ± 8.6a 234 ± 8.5b 294 ± 13.4c 242 ± 11.1b
ADFI, g
 D 0 to 2 80 ± 5.3 73 ± 5.3 67 ± 7.9 72 ± 7.1
 D 2 to 8 192 ± 4.5a 256 ± 4.5b 291 ± 6.7cy 269 ± 6.0bcx
FCR, g/g
 D 2 to 8 1.2 ± 0.03a 1.1 ± 0.03ab 1.0 ± 0.05b 1.1 ± 0.04ab
  1. 1Day = day in relation to weaning with weaning = d 0, d −25 is the day on which most the litters were born
  2. 2CW = conventional weaning (n = 9), IS = intermittent suckling (n = 9), ISCoF = intermittent suckling with co-mingling, familiar pigs (n = 4), ISCoNF = intermittent suckling with co-mingled, not familiar pigs (n = 5)
  3. abValues within a row not having the same superscript are significantly different
  4. xyValues within a row not having the same superscript are a trend