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Feeding pigs low levels of organic copper and zinc during the grower and finisher phases benefits performance and reduces faecal excretion

Hernández, A., Mullan, B.P., Turnley, K., D'Souza, D.N. and Pluske, J.R. (2005) Feeding pigs low levels of organic copper and zinc during the grower and finisher phases benefits performance and reduces faecal excretion. In: Manipulating Pig Production X. Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial Conference of the Australasian Pig Science Association (APSA), 27 - 30 November, Christchurch, New Zealand p. 91.

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Abstract

Using organic forms of copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) in the diets of nursery pigs reduces the content of these minerals in the diet without adversely affecting pig performance and while also reducing faeces excretion (Wu et al., 2001). However, few studies have examined the effect of feeding Cu and Zn at low levels in both grower and finisher pigs. The aim of this experiment was to compare the performance and faecal mineral excretion of pigs fed Cu and Zn in an organic form as Bioplex® or in an inorganic form as sulphate, at two levels of dietary inclusion.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/28106
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