Effects of Conditioners (Standard, Long-Term, and Expander) on Pellet Quality and Growth Performances in Nursery Pigs

Kansas State University Swine Research. In our first experiment, digestibilities for DM, N, and GE were greater and F/G was better for pigs fed pelleted diets than for pigs fed meal diets. However, we observed no advantages in ADG or F/G with long-term conditioning. In a second experiment, pelleting once again improved nutrient digestibility and F/G. Expander conditioning improved digestibilities of DM, N, and GE but not growth performance compared to standard conditioning.