Campus Units

Animal Science

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

2019

Journal or Book Title

The Value of Fibre: Engaging the Second Brain for Animal Nutrition

First Page

99

Last Page

115

DOI

10.3920/978-90-8686-893-3_5

Abstract

Feed represents a very large portion of the cost of raising a pig to market; indeed, the cost of meeting the energy specifications of a diet is the largest single item in the cost of production budget. Within this context, fibre plays a significant role as it represents a substantial but poorly utilized portion of typical commercial diets. It is therefore not surprising that enzymes attract a great deal of attention as a vehicle by which fibre can be used more effectively. Interestingly the mode of action of enzymes within the diet is poorly understood. Indeed, enzymes are providing unexpected health benefits, including but not limited to reduced mortality in the grow-finish phase. In any event, enzymes improve energy and nutrient digestibility – not always translated into faster or more efficient gain – and also impact the microbiome, gut barrier function and possibly oxidative stress. Suggestions are provided for future research topics and applications.

Comments

This is a manuscript of a chapter published as Patience, J.F. and A.L. Petry. 2019. Susceptibility of fibre to exogenous carbohydrases and impact on performance in swine. Page 99-115 In: G. Gonzalez-Ortiz, M.R. Bedford, K. E. Bach Knudsen, C. Courtin and H.L. Classen, editors, The Value of Fibre. Engaging the Second Brain for Animal Nutrition. Wageningen Academic Press, Wageningen, The Netherlands. doi:10.3920/978-90-8686-893-3_5. Posted with permission

Copyright Owner

Wageningen Academic Publishers

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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