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Effects of feeding antibiotic-free creep feed supplemented with oligofructose, probiotics or synbiotics to suckling piglets increases the preweaning weight gain and composition of intestinal microbiota.
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PMID:  16429827     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The objective of this study was to determine whether feeding an antibiotic-free creep feed supplemented with either oligofructose, probiotics or synbiotics to suckling piglets influences growth performance, the gut microflora, gut morphology and hematological traits at weaning. Twenty sows with 10 piglets each were randomly assigned to one of four treatments. The treatments consisted of a control (antibiotic-free) diet, 0.2% oligofructose (OF), 0.3% probiotics or 0.5% synbiotics (mixture of 0.2% OF+0.3% probiotics). Piglets were offered the diet ad libitum from 7 d after birth until one day after weaning (21 d of age). At the day after weaning, blood samples were collected from the jugular vein to determine the immune response. Digesta samples of the ileum and colon were collected to determine the microbial composition. Tissue segments from the duodenum and ileum were collected for morphometric measurements of the small intestine. The average daily weight gain was significantly higher for piglets fed the OF or synbiotics diet compared with the pigs fed the control diet. The hematological traits (the concentration of lymphocytes and neutrophils in whole blood) were not affected by the diet. Piglets fed the OF, probiotics or synbiotics diet had a significantly decreased number of total coliform bacteria in the colon. Feeding OF, probiotics or synbiotics significantly increased the population of bifidobacteria in the ileum compared to the control. In the colon, the probiotics and synbiotics diet significantly increased the number of bifidobacteria compared with the control diet. The results of this experiment showed that supplementation of oligofructose or synbiotics to an antibiotic-free creep feed during the preweaning period affected gut microbial population and performance of piglets.
S B Shim; M W A Verstegen; I H Kim; O S Kwon; J M A J Verdonk
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of animal nutrition     Volume:  59     ISSN:  1745-039X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2005 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-01-24     Completed Date:  2006-02-16     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101222433     Medline TA:  Arch Anim Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  419-27     Citation Subset:  IM    
Animal Nutrition Group, Department of Animal Science, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Feed
Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
Animals, Suckling / blood,  growth & development*,  immunology
Anti-Bacterial Agents / administration & dosage
Bifidobacterium / growth & development
Colon / microbiology
Digestive System / microbiology*
Ileum / microbiology
Lymphocyte Count / veterinary
Neutrophils / metabolism
Oligosaccharides / administration & dosage*
Probiotics / administration & dosage*
Random Allocation
Swine / blood,  growth & development*,  immunology
Weight Gain / drug effects*,  physiology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Bacterial Agents; 0/Oligosaccharides; 0/oligofructose

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