Growth performance and nitrogen metabolism in weaned pigs fed diets containing different sources of starch Academic Article uri icon


  • This study was conducted to determine the performance and N metabolism in weaned pigs fed diets containing different sources of starch. Pigs were weaned at 28days of age, and assigned randomly into 4 soybean meal-based diets containing different sources of starch: corn, brown rice, sticky rice, and Hi-Maize 1043 (resistant starch). There were 12 pigs per treatment group in the growth-performance trial. Additionally, a 4 4 Latin design was used for a nitrogen (N) balance study, with 5days for each experimental period (n = 4). Average daily gains were 0.38, 0.34, 0.31, and 0.28kg/day (P < 0.01), respectively, for pigs fed the corn, brown rice, sticky-rice, and Hi-Maize 1043 diets. Feed:gain ratios were 1.65, 1.78, 1.95, and 1.86 (P < 0.01), for the above 4 diets, respectively. Fecal N and urinary N excretion as well as the apparent fecal digestibility of crude protein in pigs fed the corn, brown rice, and sticky-rice diets were higher (P < 0.01) compared with pigs fed the Hi-Maize 1043 diet. Collectively, our results indicate that dietary sources of starch affected both growth performance and N utilization in weaned pigs. 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Livestock Science

author list (cited authors)

  • Li, T. J., Huang, R. L., Wu, G. Y., Lin, Y. C., Jiang, Z. Y., Kong, X. F., ... Yin, Y. L.

citation count

  • 30

complete list of authors

  • Li, TJ||Huang, RL||Wu, GY||Lin, YC||Jiang, ZY||Kong, XF||Chu, WY||Zhang, YM||Kang, P||Hou, ZP||Fan, MZ||Liao, YP||Yin, YL

publication date

  • May 2007