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13 November 2018 Comparative digestibility of energy and nutrients in four fibrous ingredients fed to barrows at three different initial body weights
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This study was conducted to determine the digestible energy (DE) and metabolizable energy (ME) values and apparent total tract digestibility (ATTD) of nutrients in four fibrous ingredients [corn distillers’ dried grains with solubles (DDGS), soybean hull, wheat bran, and corn bran] fed to barrows at three different growth stages. Thirty growing barrows, 30 finishing barrows, and 30 fattening barrows (initial body weights of 29.04, 58.57, and 105.65 kg, respectively) were individually housed in metabolism crates and allotted to one of four test diets or a basal corn–soybean meal diet in a 3 × 5 factorial design. Fecal and urine samples were collected for 5 d after a 12 d adaption period. The DE and ME values and ATTD of gross energy (GE), organic matter (OM), crude protein, and acid detergent fiber (ADF) in wheat bran, as well as the ATTD of GE, OM, neutral detergent fiber (NDF), and ADF in corn DDGS, and ATTD of NDF and ADF in soybean hull, were greater (P < 0.05) in pigs at stage 3 compared with those at stages 1 and 2. In conclusion, both body weight and fibrous ingredients have effects on energy values and nutrient digestibility in barrows.

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F. Xie, Y.K. Li, J.B. Zhao, Z.C. Li, L. Liu, Y.H. Cao, and S. Zhang "Comparative digestibility of energy and nutrients in four fibrous ingredients fed to barrows at three different initial body weights," Canadian Journal of Animal Science 99(2), 315-325, (13 November 2018). https://doi.org/10.1139/cjas-2017-0094
Received: 30 June 2017; Accepted: 11 October 2018; Published: 13 November 2018
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