Factors affecting sorghum's suitability as a feed grain for pigs
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Production and Welfare
01 August 2018
The primary objective of the project was to analyse retained PGLP sorghum samples retrospectively for a number of selected parameters that have been shown to influence energy utilisation of sorghum in pigs and poultry.
It was anticipated that these parameters could be correlated to both apparent digestible energy (ADE) in pigs and apparent metabolisable energy (AME) in broiler chickens and that their relative importance could be established.
The performance of pigs offered sorghum-based diets usually considered poorer than pigs fed wheat. Part of this is due to the amount of protein and amino acid profiles in sorghum compared with wheat, but the main reason is thought to be related to reduced energy utilisation. This project explored the factors that affect energy utilisation in sorghum in both broiler chickens and pigs.
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