Effects of Pelleting and Pellet Conditioning Temperatures on Weanling Pig Performance

Kansas State University Swine Research. Two studies were conducted to evaluate the effects of pelleting and pellet conditioning temperature of diets containing 5% spraydried animal plasma (SDAP) on weanling pig growth performance. In Exp. 1, conditioning temperatures evaluated were 140, 150, 160, and 170EF. In Exp. 2, pellet conditioning temperatures were 140, 155, 170, 185, and 200EF. The results suggest that pellet conditioning temperatures above 170EF decrease weanling pig performance from d 0 to 7 after weaning. Pellet conditioning temperature should not exceed 170EF (exit temperature of 180EF) for nursery diets containing 5% SDAP.