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Meeting energy requirements in pig nutrition

Code: 9781838795078
J. F. Patience, Iowa State University, USA

Chapter synopsis: The level of energy in a pig’s diet influences the rate and efficiency of gain, the quality of the resulting carcass and even the quality of the pork produced from the carcass. However, energy requirements and energy use in pigs are not well understood, due to the complexity of the topic. Unlike nutrients in the diet, energy is supplied by numerous dietary constituents, and each of these is utilized as an energy source in different ways and in accordance with their metabolic fate. This chapter will discuss the basics of energy metabolism, energy systems, energy sources, energy requirements and methods to improve the utilization of energy by the pig.

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Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Pig energy requirements: importance and challenges 3 Energy metabolism 4 Energy systems: overview, gross energy and digestible energy (DE) 5 Energy systems: further options 6 Evaluating energy sources, determining energy requirements and improving energy availability 7 Summary 8 References

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