Different levels of betaine on diarrhea incidence, performance, carcass characteristics and blood parameters of pigs

  • Paulo Roberto Ribeiro Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia, São Paulo, SP
  • Rodolfo Nascimento Kronka Universidade Estadual Paulista, Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias, Jaboticabal, SP
  • Maria Cristina Thomaz Universidade Estadual Paulista, Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias, Jaboticabal, SP
  • Melissa Izabel Hannas Alltech do Brasil, São Paulo, SP
  • Fernanda Marcussi Tucci Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento
  • Antônio João Scandolera Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, PR
  • Fábio Enrique Lemos Budiño Secretaria de Agricultura e Abastecimento, Agência Paulista de Tecnologia dos Agronegócios, Instituto de Zootecnia, Nova Odessa, SP
Keywords: Backfat thickness, Feed conversion, Piglets, Weight gain

Abstract

Thirty six piglets weaned at 19 days of age were useddistributed in a randomized block design, were used to evaluate the effects of the addition of crescent levels of betaine (0,0%, 0,1%, 0,2% e 0,3%) in the diets on the performance in initial, growing and finishing phases. The indexes of diarrhea incidence were monitored in the first 14 days post-weaning; and the blood parameters at 20, 75, and 150 days of age, as well as the carcass characteristics at the end of the experiment. It was not observed (P > 0,05) effect of the betaine on the diarrhea incidence. Significative differences (P < 0.05) were verified among treatments in the finishing phase for daily weight gain and feed conversion. Differences (P < 0.0001) among the days to the blood parameters analysed were also observed. In regard to the backfat thickness, it was verified significative difference (P < 0.05) among the treatments.

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Published
2011-08-01
How to Cite
Ribeiro, P., Kronka, R., Thomaz, M., Hannas, M., Tucci, F., Scandolera, A., & Budiño, F. (2011). Different levels of betaine on diarrhea incidence, performance, carcass characteristics and blood parameters of pigs. Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Research and Animal Science, 48(4), 299-306. https://doi.org/10.11606/S1413-95962011000400004
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