Impact of birth weight and daily weight gain during suckling on the weight gain of weaning piglets
D. Surek 1, L.M. Almeida 1, J.C. Panisson 1, E.L. Krabbe 3, S.G. Oliveira 2, G.C. Alberton 2, A. Maiorka 2 /1 Programa de pós-graduação - Universidade Federal do Paraná - Curitiba, PR; 2 Universidade Federal do Paraná - Curitiba, PR; 3 Centro Nacional de Pesquisa em Suínos e Aves - Concórdia, SC.
INTRODUCTIONSeveral factors influence piglet performance after birth. In general, pig producers aim at heavy birth and weaning weights because they are associated with better performance during subsequent rearing phases. This association was first described in the 1980s by Powell and Aberle (1980) and has been recently studied and discussed in the literature. However, Surek et al. (2014), wor...