The Effect of Diet and Oral Antibiotic Therapy on Immune Function and Productivity in Young Pigs
Medicated early weaning programs have been shown to be an excellent method to control disease incidence in the young pig. Additional research by Dritz, et al1, showed that early weaning at 7-10 days without medication resulted in significant weight gains over conventional weaning at 14-17 days. We were interested in the effects of low levels of conventional water and feed grade antibiotic tratments on performance and immunological parameters of the young pig in a commercial operation. Previously, we had tested this treatment at a research facility and had shown increased production and a decreased polyclonal immunological response in the reated animals23. The use of such a program would be a benefit to producers who do not have the production facilities that allowing for early weaning (7-10 days) and/or multisite production. A study was conducted to determine the effect of AureomycinTM and Aureo-SulmetTM on production. The study was a 2X2 factorial experiment to determine the effect of weaning treatment and nutrition level on immune response.
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South Dakota State University
Copyright © 2001
Chase, C.C.L.; Hurley, D.J.; Thaler, R.C.; and Lucas, T.E., "The Effect of Diet and Oral Antibiotic Therapy on Immune
Function and Productivity in Young Pigs" (2002). South Dakota Swine Research Report, 2001. 25.