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EFFECT OF CITRIC ACID ON PRODUCTION PARAMETERS, METABOLIC AND COLIFORM PIGLETS DURING THE FIRST FOUR WEEKS AFTER WEANING  [2012]

Diana M. Ortiz-Rueda Jeniffer A. Ruiz-Salazar Rosa L. Pereira-Tupaz Universidad de Nariño [Corporate Author]

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Acidification in the feeding of weaned piglets is intended to lower the pH of the gastrointestinal tract to improve the digestibility and creating a barrier against the entry of pathogenic bacteria, in order to improve the rate of growth. The use of organic acids in the first weeks of life presents a better response because of its greater acidifying power. This study evaluated the effect of the use of citric acid in the diet of pigs weaned at 21 days old, from the crossings of Largewhite x Duroc x Pietrain breeds, which were selected with a weight between 5.5 and 6.5 Kg on productive parameters, total coliforms, Escherichia coli, lactic acid bacteria and metabolic profile. The addition levels used in drinking water were 0, 1, 2 and 3%. Statistical analysis was used PROC GLM procedure of SAS (2001) with a statistical significance level of 5%. For the variables average daily gain (ADG) and feed conversion (CA) did not found significant differences between treatments in terms of food consumption found statistically significant differences (p

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Investigación Pecuaria

ISSN : 2248-4558