A feeding trial conducted at LongView Animal Nutrition Center, MO, resulted in pigs fed the UltraCare® program in pelleted form having superior feed conversion when compared to pigs fed the UltraCare® program in meal form (Table 1).  Pigs fed the UltraCare® program in pelleted form had between 7.3 to 13.2% improved feed conversion during Phase 2, 3, 4 and overall when compared to meal.  Furthermore, pigs receiving the UltraCare® program in meal form had greater (P < 0.05) feed disappearance; however, this was due to greater feed wastage.  There were no differences (P > 0.1) in ADG in pigs receiving the UltraCare® program in pelleted or meal form. 

Table 1.  Performance of nursery pigs fed UltraCare® Pig Starters in Pellet or Meal Form

Treatmenta
  UltraCare® Program
Pellets 1,3
UltraCare® Program
Meal Form 2,3
% Improvement
No. of pigs 80 80  
Rem & mort 0 0  
PH 1 (d 0-8)      
ADG, lb 0.570 0.605  
ADFI, lb 0.536 0.570  
Feed; gain 0.945 0.946  
Phase 2 (d 8-15)      
ADG, lb 0.859 0.822  
ADFI, lb 0.895 0.979  
Feed; gain 1.05b 1.21c -13.2
Phase 3 (d 15-25)      
ADG, lb 1.37 1.43  
ADFI, lb 1.59b 1.80c  
Feed; gain 1.16b 1.26c -7.9
Phase 4 (d 25-36)      
ADG, lb 1.69 1.70  
ADFI, lb 2.36b 2.54c  
Feed; gain 1.39b 1.50c -7.3
Overall (d 0-36)      
ADG, lb 1.19 1.21  
ADFI, lb 1.46b 1.59c  
Feed; gain 1.22b 1.32c -7.6
Pig Weight, lb      
Initial 13.7 13.7  
Day 36 56.6 57.2  


1
UltraCare®200 (8 d), UltraCare®300 (7 d), UltraCare®400 (10 d), and UltraCare®500 (11 d) in pelleted form
2UltraCare®200 (8 d) in pelleted form then UltraCare®300 (7 d), UltraCare®400 (10 d), and UltraCare®500 (11 d) in meal form
3UltraCare®400 and 500 were manufactured using UltraCare®20/50 Starter Pak and UltraCare®Starter Premix
aValues are means of 16 pens of   five pigs each
bcMeans in the same row with different superscript letter differ (P < 0.05)

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