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Straw as bedding or in feed increases unsaturated fats in belly fat

Trezona-Murray, M., Mullan, B.P., Pluske, J.R., Dunshea, F.R., Pethick, D.W. and D'Souza, D. (2007) Straw as bedding or in feed increases unsaturated fats in belly fat. In: Manipulating Pig Production XI. Proceedings of the 11th Australasian Pig Science Association (APSA) Biennial Conference, 25 - 28 October, Brisbane, Australia p. 2000.

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Pigs with access to straw either as bedding and/or via their diet deposit less fat in their belly than pigs without access to straw (Trezona et al, 2007). There are at least two possible mechanisms for this. First, if pigs consume straw in addition to their food the energy density of their total intake may be less and this may depress their voluntary energy intake and lower the deposition of fat. Second, if pigs lie on straw that insulates them better they may respond by depositing less fat in the areas that are in contact with the ground. If less fat is deposited because endogenous synthesis is reduced then it is likely that the fatty acid (FA) profile of the fat will change and become less saturated.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Australasian Pig Science Association
Copyright: © 2007 Australasian Pig Science Association (Inc)
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