It is assumed that there is no dietary requirement for vitamin C by the pig. However, recently there has been some indication that, under certain conditions, vitamin C or ascorbic acid may boost pig performance. Vitamin C is involved in development of the immune response. Therefore, if a requirement for dietary vitamin C exists, it should be demonstrated with pigs under stressed conditions. The study reported in this paper is a part of a cooperative project by the NCR-89 Committee on Confinement Management of Swine. It is designed to evaluate the response of weaned pigs to a vitamin C addition to the diet when placed under the stress of reduced pen space and feeder space.
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Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Libal, G. W.; Jensen, D. A.; and Wahlstrom, R. C., "The Effect of Pen Space and Vitamin C Addition to the Diet on Weanling Pig Performance" (1985). South Dakota Swine Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1985. 8.