Science Helps Hogs to the Finish(ing) Line
By Geoff Geddes, for Swine Innovation Porc
To succeed in pork production, you must consider a range of factors and how they interact, and dealing with low energy feed is a perfect example. Previous research has found that low, constant net energy (NE) diets for grow-finish pigs provide a better return than higher NE diets. Sure, pigs must make up for that lower NE density by eating more, but how hard can that be? In theory, raising consumption is easy; however, this study on low energy feeds considered the practical challenges that could affect feed intake, such as crowded pens and less feeder access.
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