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Research Project: Evaluating the effects of mitigation strategies on piglet welfare and future productivity after transport during different seasons

Location: Livestock Behavior Research

Project Number: 5020-32000-013-02-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: May 1, 2016
End Date: May 1, 2018

Objective:
Our overall objectives are to evaluate the impact of transport and heat stress following weaning on swine welfare and future productivity when either no therapeutic antibiotics are administered, or a nutriceutical (L-Glutamine 0.20% as fed)is administered in a production environment.

Approach:
For this experiment we will feed diets consisting of either therapeutic antibiotics, no antibiotics, or L-Glutamine after transport during summer (heat stress) and fall (thermoneutral) months to determine their effects on piglet welfare, health, and productivity. Pigs will be weaned and immediately transported to finishing facilities at Purdue University and upon arrival they will receive their respective diets for 14 days. We will determine the dietary effects on illness incidence, piglet behavior, and future productivity until piglets reach market weight.