Dec 22, 2015 at 05:13

Effects of nutrition on digestion efficiency and gaseous emissions from slurry in growing pigs: II. Effect of protein source in practical diets

This research aimed to investigate effects of protein source in practical diets on nutrient excretion and potential emissions of ammonia (NH3) and methane (CH4) in pigs. Three experimental feeds were designed to substitute a mixture of soybean meal and soybean hulls (SB diet) with sunflower meal (SFM) or wheat DDGS (WDDGS). The proportion of other ingredients was also modified in order to maintain similar nutrient contents across diets. Changes in protein source led to differences in dietary content of neutral detergent insoluble crude protein, soluble fibre (SF) and acid detergent lignin. Twenty-four pigs (8 per diet), weighing 52.3 or 60.8 kg at the first and second batch, respectively, were housed individually in metabolic pens to determine during a 7-day period dry matter (DM) balance, coefficients of total tract apparent digestibility (CTTAD) of nutrients, and faecal and urine composition. Representative slurry samples from each animal were used to measure NH3 and CH4 emissions ov

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