Interpretive Summary: Is single-step genGrowth performance, bone mineralization, nutrient digestibility, and fecal microbial composition of multi-enzyme-supplemented low-nutrient diets for growing-finishing pigs
By: Jinsu Hong, Maamer Jlali, Pierre Cozannet, Aurelie Preynat, Seidu Adams, Joy Scaria, and Tofuko A. Woyengo
A study evaluated the effects of supplementing a multi-enzyme mixture that contain fiber degrading enzymes and phytase on the growth performance, bone strength, and fecal microbial composition of grow-finish pigs fed corn-wheat-wheat bran-based diets. Five diets fed were a positive control (PC) diet, and two negative control (NC1 and NC2) diets without or with the multi-enzyme mixture. The PC diet was adequate in all nutrients and had greater available (net) energy and digestible amino content than NC1 diet or NC2 diet by 7%, and greater digestible P content than the NC1 diet (by 32%) and NC2 diet (by 50%). The diets were fed from 30 to 120 kg body weight. Feed efficiency for PC diet was greater than that for NC1 diet or NC2 diet. Multi-enzyme mixture improved feed efficiency, bone strength, and fecal concentration of beneficial micro-organisms (known as Butyricicoccus) for NC1 and NC2 diets. However, feed efficiency for the NC1 and NC2 diets did not reach that for the PC diet. Thus, multi-enzyme mixture can fully restore bone strength (but not feed efficiency) and improve health of grow-finish pigs fed corn-wheat-wheat bran-based diets in which available energy, amino acids, and P contents have been reduced by the afore-mentioned margins.
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