A recent study was conducted at IowaStateUniversity to evaluate gel feed supplementation on pig performance during time of vaccination. Pigs were weighed, placed in pens based on initial body weight and then randomly allotted to treatments: 1) vaccination without gel feed, 2) vaccination with gel feed, 3) no vaccination without gel feed, or 4) no vaccination with gel feed. Vaccinations were administered on d 10 after weaning and pigs received gel from day 9 to 11 after weaning at a rate of 0.5 lb per pig per day. Pigs received common diets throughout the nursery period (day 0-42 after weaning). 

Pigs fed gel feed one day before to one day after vaccination ate 29.0% more feed and gained 12.3% faster leading to 1.3 lb heavier pigs out of the nursery when compared to pigs not receiving gel feed during vaccination (Table 1). Furthermore, pigs supplemented with gel feed but not receiving vaccination ate 18.9% more feed and gained 9.0% faster during the phase 2 period (day 7 to 14 after weaning) when compared to pigs not receiving gel feed or vaccination.

Table 1. Beneficial effect of feeding gel during vaccination time on average daily gain, average daily feed intake, feed:gain and body weight gain.

 

Treatmentsa

 

No Gel

 

Gel

Item of Interest

No Vaccination

Vaccination

 

No Vaccination

Vaccination

Phase 2 (day 7-14 postweaning)

 

 

 

 

 

   ADG, lbbcd

0.557

0.503

 

0.607

0.565

   ADFI, lbbce

0.72

0.63

 

0.856

0.813

   Feed:Gain, lbbc

1.30

1.27

 

1.45

1.48

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pig Wt., lb

 

 

 

 

 

   Day 7

12.44

13.57

 

13.58

12.75

   Day 14b

17.0

16.6

 

17.3

17.0

   Day 42b

54.20

53.2

 

53.8

54.5



a
Values are means of 12 pens of four pigs per pen
bDay 7 Wt. was used as a covariate
cGel effect P < 0.05
dVaccination effect P < 0.10
e Vaccination effect P < 0.05

Conclusion: Gel feed is a unique concept in swine nutrition!  Its high moisture content and natural intake enhancers are designed to encourage intake, prevent dehydration and support intestinal health during times of stress such as weaning and vaccination. These data demonstrate that feeding gel during vaccination time may improve intake and gains resulting in heavier pigs at the end of the nursery. To view the whole paper, click here

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