Efficiency of Energy Utilization by Growing Pigs Selected for Potential Growth Rate17 June 2016
The normal variability in growth rate that exists within a group of pigs causes inefficiencies in nutrient utilization and contributes to variation in carcass composition.
Managing this variability is a significant challenge for the pork industry. We have conducted a series of experiments designed to develop cost-effective feeding regimes which minimize the negative effects of variability on the producer’s bottom line.
The specific objective of the reported experiment is to characterize the utilization of energy by pigs of differing potential growth rate (PGR).