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Soluble non-starch polysaccharides from pearl barley exacerbate experimental postweaning colibacillosis

McDonald, D.E., Pethick, D.W., Mullan, B.P., Pluske, J.R. and Hampson, D.J. (2001) Soluble non-starch polysaccharides from pearl barley exacerbate experimental postweaning colibacillosis. In: Lindberg, J.E. and Ogle, B., (eds.) The digestive physiology of pigs: Proceedings of the 8th Symposium. CABI Publishing, pp. 280-282.

Abstract

The performance and health of weaner pigs (n=40) was compared between pigs fed either a rice-based weaner pig diet or the same diet with pearl barley included at 50% weight of the air-dry diet. Within each dietary treatment, two-thirds of the pigs were infected with enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli O8:K88:K87 at 48, 72 and 96 h post-weaning; the remaining third were healthy controls. Compared with htose fed the barley diet, pigs fed the rice-only diet grew faster, had less intestinal proliferation of E. coli, and exhibited less severe diarrhoea. It appears that the soluble non-starch polysaccharides (sNSP) in barley are detrimental to the performance of both healthy weaner pigs and those with postweaning colibacillosis (PWC)

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: CABI Publishing
Copyright: © CAB International 2001
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/28975
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