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Diet manipulation of growth rates is a critical aspect of livestock management as a means of improving both production efficiency and financial returns. Although a great deal of attention is paid to optimal growth, the impacts underlying restricted postnatal growth remain unclear. Reducing the growth rate in pigs may have negative consequences on behavior, systemic hormone levels and ultimately meat quality (Hessel et al., 2006; Ju et al., 2020; Menegat et al., 2020). Slowing the growth of pigs during periods of disease outbreak, including the recent COVID-19 pandemic, may be necessary to better meet the demands for slaughter facilities. Helm et al. (2020) examined the effectiveness of several dietary strategies at limiting finishing pig growth while maintaining carcass quality. Results provide new information using diet to influence both the amount and composition of weight gain.

Nutritional approaches to slow late finishing pig growth

Credit: Journal of Animal Science, Volume 99, Issue 1, January 2021, skaa389, doi.org/10.1093/jas/skaa389

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Description: Diet manipulation of growth rates is a critical aspect of livestock management as a means of improving both production efficiency and financial returns. Although a great deal of attention is paid to optimal growth, the impacts underlying restricted postnatal growth remain unclear. Reducing the growth rate in pigs may have negative consequences on behavior, systemic hormone levels and ultimately meat quality (Hessel et al., 2006; Ju et al., 2020; Menegat et al., 2020). Slowing the growth of pigs during periods of disease outbreak, including the recent COVID-19 pandemic, may be necessary to better meet the demands for slaughter facilities. Helm et al. (2020) examined the effectiveness of several dietary strategies at limiting finishing pig growth while maintaining carcass quality. Results provide new information using diet to influence both the amount and composition of weight gain.

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