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The effect of trough colour on the voluntary food intake of postweaned pigs - A short communication

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Helen Edge, Dr Peter Rowlinson


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The aim of this experiment was to assess the effect of trough colour on the voluntary food intake of weaned pigs. Pigs were weaned at 28 days of age and offered feed in either a red, yellow or black trough. The trough colours were chosen as they represented a high (yellow), intermediate (red) or low (black) level of contrast with the pelleted feed. It was hypothesised that by increasing the contrast between the trough and the solid diet, the visual stimulus provided to the pigs would encourage feed intake. There were, however, no significant effects of trough colour on feed intake, daily liveweight gain or FCR during the 4-week period following weaning. Therefore, it was concluded that trough colour does not affect voluntary feed intake in the postweaned pig. © 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Edge HL, Varley MA, Rowlinson P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Livestock Production Science

Year: 2004

Volume: 88

Issue: 1-2

Pages: 193-197

ISSN (print): 0301-6226

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Publisher: Elsevier BV


DOI: 10.1016/j.livprodsci.2003.10.010


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