Gestation

Gestating sows have greater digestibility of energy in full fat rice bran and defatted rice bran than growing gilts regardless of level of feed intake

Casas, G. A. and H. H. Stein. 2017. Gestating sows have greater digestibility of energy in full fat rice bran and defatted rice bran than growing gilts regardless of level of feed intake. J. Anim. Sci. 95:3136-3142. Link to abstract

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Productivity of sows fed diets containing canola meal produced from high protein or conventional varieties of canola seeds during gestation and lactation

Canola meal is second only to soybean meal as a protein source used in animal diets. However, the digestibility of amino acids and digestible energy is lower in canola meal than in soybean meal because of the high concentration of fiber in canola meal. The high fiber content and the presence of glucosinolates limit inclusion of canola meal in diets fed to pigs.

Research on using canola meal in pig diets at different stages has indicated that it can be used in gestation diets without limitation and 15 to 20% may be included in lactation diets. However, at least one study indicated that including canola meal in gestating and lactation diets reduced the number of pigs born alive and the number of pigs weaned, and also reduced lactation feed intake and litter weaning weight.

New canola varieties have been developed that yield meal with more protein and less fiber compared with conventional canola meal (CM-CV). The objectives of this research were to determine the effects of feeding diets containing high protein canola meal (CM-HP) or CM-CV to sows during gestation and lactation, and to determine the optimum inclusion rates of CM-HP and CM-CV in gestation and lactation diets.

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Endogenous secretions of proteins and amino acids in pregnant and lactating sows

Stein, H. H. and R. A. Easter, 1997. Endogenous secretions of proteins and amino acids in pregnant and lactating sows. In: J. P. LaPlace, C. Fevrier, and A. Barbeau (ED). Digestive physiology in pigs. EAAP publ. No 88. p. 321-324. St. Malo, France.  Link to full text (.pdf)

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A feeding strategy for pregnant sows

Stein, H. H. 1994. A feeding strategy for pregnant sows. University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Swine Report #113.

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