Rebecca Walker

Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Gordon Jones, W.C. Normand, L.D. Brown

Degree Program

Department of Agriculture

Degree Type

Master of Science


Pigs farrowed and reared in metal farrowing stalls were studied to determine the need for iron. Three treatments were studied, namely—T-O (pigs given no iron injection), T-1 (pigs given 1 iron-dextran injection at 2 days of age) and T-2 (pigs given 2 injections of iron-dextran, the first at day 2 and the second at day 7). Hemoglobin levels were analyzed to determine the incorporation of iron in the bloodstream in the form of hemoglobin. Pig weights were used as a measure of production.

The hemoglobin levels did not differ (p>0.1) among the 3 treatments at birth, 4 days, 6 days, 2 weeks and 5 weeks of age. However, birth values were higher (p<0.01) than either 4 or 6 day values. In addition, 2 week values were higher (p<0.01) than 4 and 6 day values, but lower than birth values. Five week values were the highest (p<0.01) of all values measured. Weights did not differ among treatment groups at 2 and 5 weeks of age (p>0.1).

Results of this study indicate that pigs farrowed and reared in metal farrowing stalls neither benefit in iron level or production from iron-dextran injections.


Agriculture | Animal Sciences | Life Sciences | Meat Science