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Table 1 Cumulative average daily gain (ADG), average daily feed intake (ADFI), feed conversion ratio (FCR) per week of 140 weaned piglets (21 days) supplied with or without an organic acid (OA) blend in the drinking water and with full or reduced medication program in the feed

From: Implementing drinking water feed additive strategies in post-weaning piglets, antibiotic reduction and performance impacts: case study

  Control OA + NEO OA SED Trtmt Block T x B
Live weight 12.5a 12.8a 13.5b 0.24 <0.001 <0.001 0.008
ADG 0.228a 0.238a 0.265b 0.009 <0.001 0.008 0.008
ADFI 0.40 0.40 0.39 0.024 0.738 0.497 0.229
FCR 1.76a 1.70a 1.46b 0.073 0.001 0.520 0.113
Mortality 0 3 3     
Morbidity 3 4 9     
Total Mortality + Morbidity 3a 7ab 12b     
  1. a,bMeans in a row with different superscripts differ significantly (P <0.05); Removals were tested for significance via Chi-square analysis, χ2 (2, N = 140) = 5.95, P = 0.051
  2. 1. Control - Neomycin sulfate 300 ppm in feed
  3. 2. OA + NEO - OA blend at 2 L/1,000 L of water + Neomycin sulfate 300 ppm in feed
  4. 3. OA - OA blend at 2 L/1,000 L of water