Growth performance and metabolic responses in barrows fed low-protein diets supplemented with essential amino acids Conference Paper uri icon


  • This study was conducted to determine the effect of supplementation with Lys, Met, Thr to low-protein diets on growth performance and metabolic responses in growing barrows. Seventy crossbred barrows (Duroc Yorkshine), with an average initial body weight of 16kg, were fed diets containing five crude protein (CP) levels (18.2, 16.5, 15.5, 14.5, and 13.6%) and 0.83% true ileal digestible lysine. On d 17 of the trial, all pigs were fitted with an indwelling jugular catheter for blood collection. On d 18 and 53, blood samples were obtained at 4h post feeding. Reducing dietary CP concentration linearly decreased (P < 0.05) ADG, ADFI, feed efficiency, longissimus muscle area (LMA), and plasma concentrations of urea N and protein, while increasing backfat thickness linearly (P < 0.05). Pigs fed the 13.6% CP diet exhibited the poorest growth performance. On d 53, dietary CP affected plasma IGF-I (quadratic, P < 0.01) and leptin (linear, P < 0.01) concentrations. Plasma leptin levels were correlated positively with backfat thickness (r = 0.76, P < 0.05) and negatively with LMA (r = - 0.64, P < 0.01). There was a positive correlation between ADG and plasma IGF-I concentrations (r = 0.91, P < 0.05). Our results suggest that adequate provision of nonessential AA and all EAA is required for achieving maximum growth performance and reducing fat accretion in growing pigs fed low-CP diets. 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Livestock Science

author list (cited authors)

  • Deng, D., Li, A., Chu, W. Y., Huang, R. L., Li, T. J., Kong, X. F., ... Yin, Y. L.

citation count

  • 28

complete list of authors

  • Deng, D||Li, Ai-Ke||Chu, WY||Huang, RL||Li, TJ||Kong, XF||Liu, ZJ||Wu, GY||Zhang, YM||Yin, YL

publication date

  • May 2007