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Prandial correlations and structure of the ingestive behavior of pigs in precision feeding programs

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Abstract

The feeding behavior of growing-finishing pigs was analyzed to study prandial correlations and the probability of starting a new feeding event. The data were collected in real-time based on 157,632 visits by a group of 70 growing-finishing pigs (from 30.4 to 115.5 kg body weight, BW) to automatic feeders. The data were collected over 84 days, during which period the pigs were kept in conventional (by phase and by group) or precision (with daily and individual adjustments) feeding programs. A criterion to delimit each meal was then defined based on the probability of an animal starting a new feeding event within the next minute since the last visit. Prandial correlations were established between meal size and interval before meal (pre-prandial) or interval after meal (post-prandial) using Pearson correlation analysis. Post-prandial correlations (which can be interpreted as hunger-regulating mechanisms) were slightly stronger than pre-prandial correlations (which can be interpreted as satiety regulation mechanisms). Both correlations decreased as the animals’ age increased but were little influenced by the feeding programs. The information generated in this study allows a better understanding of pigs’ feeding behavior regulation mechanisms and could be used in the future to improve precision feeding programs.
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hal-03837370 , version 1 (02-11-2022)

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Bruna C K Gomes, Ines Andretta, Marcio Valk, Candido Pomar, Luciano Hauschild, et al.. Prandial correlations and structure of the ingestive behavior of pigs in precision feeding programs. Animals, 2021, 11 (10), pp.2998. ⟨10.3390/ani11102998⟩. ⟨hal-03837370⟩

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