PREWEANING PERFORMANCE OG PIGS INJECTED WITH DEXAMETHASONE AT BIRTH

C. GAVAN

Abstract


A trial was conducted to determine preweaning performance of pigs injected with dexamethasone either 1 or 24 hours after birth. For this experiment 165 pigs (S.C.D.A. Simnic) were used. Treatments included 2 mg/kg i.m. injection of dexamethasone within 1 h of birth or 2 mg/kg i.m. injection of dexamethasone within 24 h after birth. At weaning there was a treatmant x sex interaction on body weight (BW). Males with dexamethasone 11% heavier than control males, and no significant differences in BW among the females.

Keywords


dexamethasone; parturition; pigs

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15835/buasvmcn-asb:62:0:2669


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