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Asian-Australas J Anim Sci. 2018 Dec;31(12):1956-1962. doi: 10.5713/ajas.17.0844. Epub 2018 Oct 23.

Effects of different creep feed types on pre-weaning and post-weaning performance and gut development.

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School of Agricultural Biotechnology, and Research Institute of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Korea.



This experiment was carried out to determine the effects of different creep feed types on suckling performance and further adjustments to solid feed after weaning.


A total of 24 multiparous sows and their litters were allotted to one of three treatment groups: i) provided highly digestible creep feed (Creep), ii) provided a pig weaning diet (Weaner), and iii) provided sow feed (Sow) as creep feed until weaning. After weaning, a total of 96 piglets were selected for evaluation of post-weaning performance.


For pre-weaning performance, the Creep treatment led to a significantly higher feed intake from 14 to 28 d (p<0.05) and higher body weight gain from 21 to 28 d than piglets that were provided other diets. However, after weaning, the Weaner treatment yielded a significantly higher feed intake and average daily gain than other treatments from 0 to 14 d after weaning (p<0.05); Creep treatment tended to generate lower villus heights in the duodenum than the other treatments (p = 0.07).


Highly digestible creep feed improved pre-weaning performance, but feed familiarity and grain-based creep feed improved post-weaning performance.


Creep Feed; Creep Feed Quality; Suckling Piglet; Weaning Pig

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