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Nursery phase feeding program

The purpose of phase feeding is to match the nutrient requirements and digestive capabilities of nursery pigs with the most economical diet possible to achieve optimal performance in the nursery. As an example, a 3-phase feeding program can be used in the nursery, consisting in phase 1 (12 to 15 lb), phase 2 (15 to 25 lb), and phase 3 (25 to 50 lb) diets. An intensive care diet can be used in the nursery for low weaning weight pigs (8 to 12 lb), health-challenged pigs, as well as be offered as a creep feed during the nursing phase.