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Anim Biosci > Volume 34(4); 2021 > Article
Nonruminant Nutrition and Feed Processing
Animal Bioscience 2021;34(4): 714-723.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.20.0034    Published online June 24, 2020.
Effects of soft pellet creep feed on pre-weaning and post-weaning performance and intestinal development in piglets
Hao Chen1  , Chunwei Wang1,2  , You Wang1  , Yilin Chen1  , Meng Wan1  , Jiadong Zhu1  , Aixia Zhu1,2,* 
1Hubei Key Laboratory of Animal Nutrition and Feed Science, Wuhan Polytechnic University, Wuhan 430023, China
2Hubei Collaborative Innovation Center for Animal Nutrition and Feed Safety, Wuhan 430023, China
Correspondence:  Aixia Zhu, Tel: +86-27-83956175, Fax: +86-27-83956175, Email: aixiazhu601@163.com
Received: 21 January 2020   • Revised: 27 February 2020   • Accepted: 2 June 2020
This study aimed to determine the effects of soft pellet creep feed (SPCF) on growth performance and intestinal development in piglets.
A total of 18 sows and their litters of crossbred piglets (14±2 days, 3.73±0.72 kg) were assigned to one of three dietary groups receiving i) powder creep feed (PCF), ii) hard pellet creep feed (HPCF) or iii) SPCF during the pre-weaning period. After weaning, piglets were selected for continuous evaluation of the three diets on growth performance and intestinal health.
In the pre-weaning period, the average daily feed intake and average daily dry matter intake were significantly higher in the SPCF group than the HPCF group (p<0.05). In the post-weaning and entire experimental period, the different diets had no significant effect on growth performance. At 10 d after weaning, the serum glucose concentration was lower in the SPCF group (p<0.05) than the other groups; a higher (p<0.05) villus height and lower (p<0.05) crypt depth in the jejunum were also observed in the SPCF group than the other groups; Meanwhile, in the duodenum and jejunum, the SPCF group had a higher (p<0.05) villus height to crypt depth ratio than the other groups; Furthermore, the higher (p<0.05) threshold cycle values of lactic acid bacteria and lower (p<0.05) threshold cycle values of Clostridium, Enterobacter and Escherichia coli were also observed in the SPCF group, and the sucrase and maltase activity was higher (p<0.05) in the SPCF group than the other groups in duodenum and ileum.
The SPCF improved pre-weaning feed intake and decreased the negative effects of weaning stress in the intestine in piglets.
Keywords: Suckling Piglet; Weaning Piglet; Creep Feed; Creep Feed Types; Growth Performance; Intestinal Development

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