Benefits of Prestart Meals through the Transition Feeder

Table 1. 

Comparison of Tuck Box standard pelleted diets in the 14 days post-weaning period with Tuck Box Prestarter Meals through the Transition Feeder.
 
  Tuck Box
Creep Pellets
Tuck Box
Prestart Meals
Number of Pigs 60 60
Average age at start (days) 24.40 23.90
Average weight at start (kg) 7.48 7.44
Average weight at 14 days (kg) 10.81 12.72
Daily Live Weight Gain (g) 238.00 377.00
Feed conversion ratio 1.29 1.19
     
Feed Used    
Pig Creep Pellets (kg) 4.28 0.69
Prestart Meal Number 1 (kg) - 1.67
Prestart Meal Number 2 (kg)
- 3.94
Total Feed (kg) 4.28 6.30

Pigs on Prestart Meals had improved growth rates of
58 per cent and improved feed conversion of eight per cent.



Table 2. 

Overall performance, weaning to finish of trial pigs in Table 1.
 
  Pigs started on Tuck Box
Creep Pellets
Pigs started on Tuck Box
Prestart Meals
Average start weight (kg) 7.48 7.44
Average finish weight (kg) 90.60 91.10
Daily Live Weight Gain (g) 698.00 796.00
Feed conversion ratio 2.12 1.96
Total feed per pig (kg) 176.25 163.97
Mortality (%) nil nil
     
Number of days to finish 119.10 105.10

Pigs on Prestart Meals in the initial 14 days had improved growth rates of 14 per cent
and improved feed conversion of eight per cent achieving slaughterweight 14 days quicker,
resulting in financial benefit of over £2 per pig.