Effect of supplementing lactation and nursery pig diets with capsaicin on growth performance and gene expression of nursery pigs
Eduardo A. Rosa-Medina 1; Pedro E. Urriola 1; Jae C. Jang 1; Christopher D. Faulk 1; Lee J. Johnston 1,2; and Gerald C. Shurson 1 / 1 Department of Animal Science, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108, USA; 2 West Central Research and Outreach Center, University of Minnesota, Morris, MN 56267, USA.
INTRODUCTIONOne of the greatest challenges in optimizing growth performance and health of newly weaned pigs is to overcome low and variable feed consumption which adversely affects gastrointestinal health during this critical transition period on commercial swine farms (Pluske et al., 1997; Langendijk et al. 2007; Dong and Pluske, 2007). Therefore, dietary interventions that encourage fa...