Interpretive Summary: Effects of particle size and phytase supplementation on apparent and standardized total tract digestibility of phosphorus in hybrid rye fed to growing pigs
By: Jichen Song, Debora M Holanda, Robert Patterson, Charles M Nyachoti
Cereal grains such as corn, wheat, and barley are widely used as an energy source in swine diets. However, due to their recent soaring prices, it is necessary to use alternative feedstuffs for swine. New commercial hybrid rye with improved ergot resistance and higher yield has been developed. This hybrid rye contains similar energy content as barley and sorghum, making it a promising ingredient for pigs. Phosphorus is an essential nutrient in swine diets for bone growth and cellular functions. However, most phosphorus in hybrid rye is bound to phytic acid, which is not digested well by pigs. The excessive phosphorus in swine manure may runoff and cause environmental problems such as eutrophication. Increasing phosphorus digestibility can decrease its excretion in pigs. Therefore, in the current study, we formulated six diets including fine or coarse hybrid rye particle size supplemented with three levels of phytase to determine the effects of particle size and phytase supplementation on phosphorus digestibility in hybrid rye. Our results showed that fine particle size and supplementing increasing levels of phytase could improve the phosphorus digestibility in growing pigs fed hybrid rye diets.
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