Feeding value of an enzymatically digested protein for early-weaned pigs

M. D. Lindemann, G. L. Cromwell, H. J. Monegue, H. Cook, K. T. Soltwedel, S. Thomas, R. A. Easter

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Abstract

Weanling pigs were used in a series of studies to determine the feeding value of an enzymatically digested protein product developed from a blend of swine and poultry abattoir by-products. The initial study used 156 pigs weaned at approximately 22 d of age to compare the product with menhaden fish meal in Phase II diets. The product supported equal growth rate, and there was no preference for diet exhibited based on inclusion level of the enzymatically digested protein product. The second study used 100 pigs weaned at approximately 21 d of age to compare the product with spray-dried animal blood cells in Phase II diets. The product supported a growth rate equal to that with the blood cells, and the combination of products enhanced growth rate (P < .05). The third study used 265 pigs to compare the product with spray-dried porcine plasma in a slope ratio growth assay. Results demonstrated a relative feeding value of 91% for the product over a 4-wk feeding period. The fourth study used 290 pigs to compare the product with spray-dried porcine plasma in Phase II diets; results demonstrated comparable growth performance. The final study used 180 pigs to compare the product with spray-dried porcine plasma in Phase I diets; results demonstrated comparable growth performance. These data indicate that the enzymatically digested abattoir by-product is a high-quality protein source for weanling pigs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)318-327
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Animal Science
Volume78
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2000

Keywords

  • Abattoir Byproducts
  • Performance
  • Pigs
  • Protein Sources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Genetics

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