Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science - Agriculture



First Advisor

Dr. John Michael Mehaffey

Second Advisor

Dr. Joey Bray

Third Advisor

Dr. Stephanie Jones

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Brian Oswald


The efficacy of a feed supplement fed to gilts and sows was tested in study I. The supplement was stated to improve reproductive soundness, conception rates, immune health, and overall well-being of livestock. Thirty gilts were split into a control group (Base diet) and a treatment group (Absorbezz® 0.32 mL on base diet). Upon completion of the trial results indicate the treatment group significantly underperformed (

Two commercially available show pig growing rations were tested in study II to find a high quality, cost efficient product. A total of 10 pigs (5 barrows, 5 gilts), at an average weight of 60 lbs., were fed to market weight, with data recorded for feed efficiency and carcass quality. No significant differences (< 0.05) were discovered between the two rations. A larger sample size could adjust results.

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