Journal article

Evaluation of Sugarcane-Derived Polyphenols on the Pre-Weaning and Post-Weaning Growth of Gilt Progeny

Udani A Wijesiriwardana, John R Pluske, Jessica R Craig, Jeremy J Cottrell, Frank R Dunshea

Animals | MDPI | Published : 2020


Gilt progeny (GP) exhibit poorer growth compared with sow progeny (SP), particularly in the pre-weaning and post-weaning period. Late gestation/lactation sow diets and weaner diets were supplemented with 0.5% Polygain (POL), a sugarcane extract rich in polyphenols, to collectively improve GP growth in these periods. Gilts (n = 60) and sows (n = 68, parities 2 and 3) were fed a control or POL diet. Weaned GP (n = 79) and SP (n = 92) born to these dams were also fed either a CON or POL diet. Gilts litters weighed less than sow litters at birth and 21 days (p < 0.001 for both) and were not improved by POL (p = 0.80 and 0.54, respectively). GP were lighter than SP at day 7 and day 14 post-weanin..

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Awarded by Australian Pork Limited

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge Australian Pork Limited for the funding for this study (APL, Canberra ACT, Australia: Project number 2014/461). The authors also gratefully acknowledge The Product Makers (TPM) for supplying the Polygain supplement. U.A.W. is a postgraduate student funded by an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) from The University of Melbourne.