Nutrition

Dietary Available Phosphorus Needs of Pigs Experiencing a Moderate and High Level of Antigen Exposure

Authors
  • Dean R. Zimmerman (Iowa State University)
  • D. R. Cook (Iowa State University)

Abstract

Pigs experiencing a moderate and a high level of antigen exposure were self-fed one of six dietary concentrations (.30, .40, .50, .60, .70, .80%) of available phosphorus (AP) from 14 to 60 pounds body weight. Pigs reared via a management scheme that resulted in a moderate level of antigen exposure consumed more feed daily, gained body weight faster, required less feed per unit of gain, and accrued more body protein daily than pigs reared in a high antigen exposure environment. Over the duration of the study, dietary AP concentrations of .6 to .7% and .4 to .5% in the moderate and high antigen exposure pigs, respectively, were needed to maximize daily body weight gains, gain:feed ratios, and body protein deposition.

Based on these data, the dietary available phosphorus needs expressed as a percentage of the diet for 14 to 60 pound pigs experiencing a moderate or high level of antigen exposure are about 2.4 and 1.7 times greater, respectively, than current NRC (1988) estimates.

Keywords: ASL R1371

How to Cite:

Zimmerman, D. R. & Cook, D. R., (1997) “Dietary Available Phosphorus Needs of Pigs Experiencing a Moderate and High Level of Antigen Exposure”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 1(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 1997
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