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Straw bedding affects growth performance and carcass fat distribution in grower-finisher pigs

Trezona-Murray, M., Mullan, B.P., Pluske, J.R., Dunshea, F.R., Pethick, D.W. and D'Souza, D. (2007) Straw bedding affects growth performance and carcass fat distribution in grower-finisher pigs. In: Manipulating Pig Production XI. Proceedings of the 11th Australasian Pig Science Association (APSA) Biennial Conference, 25 - 28 October, Brisbane, Australia p. 47.

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Abstract

Inherent differences between the environments of conventional (C) and deep-litter (DL) pig housing systems are large and can affect the energy metabolism of the growing pig resulting in differences in growth and fat distribution (Trezona et al., 2005). The presence of bedding is a major difference between C and DL housing. Bedding may affect energy metabolism in the pig via its thermal properties or via ingestion. The aim of this experiment was to quantify the effects of straw, as bedding and via ingestion, on growth and fat distribution in growing pigs.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Australasian Pig Science Association
Copyright: © 2007 Australasian Pig Science Association
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/21033
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