Effect of Grinding on the Digestible and Net Energy Content of Field Peas
This project aimed at generating reliable information on the digestible and net energy content (DE and NE) in growing pigs fed with field peas ground at 3 different screen-opening sizes (fine, medium and coarse) to obtain different average particle sizes: 156, 650 and 1035 μm, respectively. The digestibility values and DE and NE content increased as the pea particle size decreased from 1035 to 156 μm. Differences were also observed among pea cultivars. It is concluded that the energy content of peas is influenced by its particle size.