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Influence of the form and level of copper and zinc supplementation on mineral status of grower and finisher pigs

Hernández, A., Mullan, B.P., Turnley, K., D'Souza, D.N. and Pluske, J.R. (2005) Influence of the form and level of copper and zinc supplementation on mineral status of grower and finisher pigs. 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. 164.

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Abstract

Organic forms of copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) induce higher growth rates than inorganic forms. The higher growth rates of pigs fed organic Cu and Zn are thought to be because organic forms of the minerals are absorbed better than inorganic forms (Coffey et al., 1994) and that they may result in greater plasma mineral concentrations (Hahn and Baker, 1993) and/or higher organ mineral stores in pigs (Apgar et al., 1995). However, an effect of mineral form on these indices has not always been demonstrated (Wedekind et al., 1994). The aim of this experiment was to compare the effect of Cu and Zn fed in the form of Bioplex® or sulphate at two levels of dietary inclusion on the mineral status of growing and finishing pigs.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/28110
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