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Effects of a reduced dose of injected iron on health, iron status and growth of suckling piglets with access to iron enriched soil.

Effects of a reduced dose of injected iron on health, iron status and growth of suckling piglets with access to iron enriched soil.
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Thanner S, Gutzwiller A,


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Thanner S, Gutzwiller A,

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Schweizer Archiv fur Tierheilkunde 160(2) 123-127 doi 10.17236/sat00149
Abstract
INTRODUCTION
The effects of the recommended dose of 200 mg iron and of half that dose injected on the first day of life on health, iron status and performance during the 4 week suckling period were studied in 2’123 piglets. All piglets received creep feed and soil which was supplemented with 14 g iron per kg. Neither mortality nor the prevalence of arthritis, meningitis and foot abscess (each disease affecting about 1% of the piglets) differed between the two groups. The low dose of 100 mg iron decreased blood haemoglobin concentration at weaning (110 ± 19 vs.120 ± 15 g/l), but did not affect growth rate.

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