Yeast Probiotic Supplementation in Nursery Pigs in a Challenged Environment
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Animal Sciences Honors Theses; 2019
The poor intestinal health, due to many stress factors during weaning, reduces growth and development while in the nursery. With sub-therapeutic antibiotics no longer an option to combat this challenge, probiotics are considered one way to increase gastrointestinal health and promote growth. A 2 x 2 factorial designed experiment looking at dietary intervention with a probiotic and a non-challenge or challenge environment was completed. One hundred and sixty piglets were blocked by weight and sex and randomly assigned to either control diet or supplemented diet in a clean or dirty nursery setting. We hypothesize the piglets with the probiotic in their diet will perform higher in both environments in terms of growth, feed efficiency, and combating illness.
Academic Major: Animal Sciences
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