Developing Spray-Dried Animal Plasma Programs for DON Contaminated Diets
This study was designed to determine if feeding high quality diets supplemented with spray-dried animal plasma (SDAP) during the early post-weaning period, will provide benefits if deoxynivalenol (DON)contaminated diets are fed in subsequent phases. Two blocks of newly weaned pigs were fed according to a 3-phase feeding program such that phase I, II and III diets were fed for 1, 2, and 1 week, respectively. Neither DON nor SDAP inclusion had an effect on nursery pig growth performance. We suspect the low and variable levels of DON in the diets (1.8 to 2.8 ppm), compared with the target (4 ppm) dietary DON contributed to the lack effect of SDAP on performance in this study.