Indian Journal of Animal Research

  • Chief EditorK.M.L. Pathak

  • Print ISSN 0367-6722

  • Online ISSN 0976-0555

  • NAAS Rating 6.50

  • SJR 0.263

  • Impact Factor 0.5 (2023)

Frequency :
Monthly (January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December)
Indexing Services :
Science Citation Index Expanded, BIOSIS Preview, ISI Citation Index, Biological Abstracts, Scopus, AGRICOLA, Google Scholar, CrossRef, CAB Abstracting Journals, Chemical Abstracts, Indian Science Abstracts, EBSCO Indexing Services, Index Copernicus
Indian Journal of Animal Research, volume 52 issue 7 (july 2018) : 1087-1090

Effect of weight and age based split weaning on growth performances and welfare of Large White Yorkshire piglets

Kulvinder Singh Sandhu, Dalpat Singh Malik, Chandrahas, Sarada Prasanna Sahoo, Amrit Lal Saini
1Department of Livestock Production Management, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana-141 004, Punjab, India.
Cite article:- Sandhu Singh Kulvinder, Malik Singh Dalpat, Chandrahas, Sahoo Prasanna Sarada, Saini Lal Amrit (2017). Effect of weight and age based split weaning on growth performances and welfare of Large White Yorkshire piglets. Indian Journal of Animal Research. 52(7): 1087-1090. doi: 10.18805/ijar.B-3328.
With an objective to minimize the weaning stress and to maximize the welfare, early weaning was combined with split weaning in 41 piglets of Large White Yorkshire (LWY). Weaning method was either “Weight Based Early or Split Weaning” i.e. TES or “Conventional Weaning” i.e. TC and treated as control. The weaning age in TC was 56 days. In TES, heavier (> 1.5 kg) medium weighing (1.0-1.5 kg) and lighter (< 1.0 kg) piglets were weaned at 30 (TESH), 37 days (TESM) and 42 days (TESL), respectively. Different records pertaining to body weight, feed consumption, haematological profiles etc. were collected up to 120 days. At the end of the study period, body weight of piglets was almost equal in both groups. The overall ADG at the end of study period was almost equal in all three sub-groups and in control. FCR of piglets under split and conventional weaning groups was significantly better (P<0.05) in TESH than Tc group, both during pre- and post-weaning period. The PCV (%) and TLC value under different sub-groups of split-weaned piglets were almost similar to different sub-groups of conventionally weaned piglets and were within normal range. There were significant differences among haemoglobin level among different sub-group of TES and Tc and it was within the range of normal reference value. From the present study it can be concluded that split weaned piglets performed almost equally to conventionally weaned piglets.
  1.  Abraham, J., Chhabra, A.K. and Chandrahas.(2004a). Influence of different weaning methods on the survivability and economics of Landrace x Desi pigs. Indian J. of Ani. Prod. and Mgmt.,20:1-3.
  2. Abraham, J.,Satyapaul, Chhabra, A.K. and Chandrahas. (2004b). Effect of early weaning, split weaning and nursery feeding programmes on the growth of Landrace x Desi pigs. Trop. Anim. Health Prod., 36:599-608.
  3. Algers, B., Madej,A., Rojanasthien, S. and Uvna s-Moberg, K. (1991). Quantitative relationships between suckling-induced teat stimulation and the release of prolactin, gastrin, somatostatin insulin, glucagon and vasoactive intestinal polypeptide in sows. Veterinary Research Communications 15:395–407.
  4. Chauhan, R. S. (1995). Veterinary Clinical and Laboratory Diagnosis. 1stEdn. Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd. New Delhi. 
  5. Cynthia, M. K. ( 2010).The Merck Veterinary Manual. 10thEdn. pp.2585. Merck & Co. USA.
  6. Duncan, D. B. (1955). Multiple range and multiple F-tests. Biometrics 11: 1-42. 
  7. English, P. R. (1998). Ten basic principles of fostering piglets. Pig Prog 14: 39–41.
  8. English, P.R. and Morrison, V. (1984). Causes and prevention of piglet mortality. Pig News and Information 5: 369–376.
  9. Jain, N.C. (1986) In schlam’s Veterinary Hematology. 4thEdn. Lee and Febiger and Febiger, Philadelphia.
  10. Snedecor, G.W. and Cochran, W.G. (1989). Statistical Methods. 8th Edn. Affiliated East West Press Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi. .

Editorial Board

View all (0)