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Pig Nutrition / Livestock Feed Manufacturing / Animal Feed Additives
on June 23, 2013

Replacing expensive lactose in piglet feeds

Lactose is required in all piglet feeds, but its high cost often limits its use to the detriment of animal growth and health. Fortunately, other sugars can replace lactose without losing performance, while reducing feed cost.

It is already well known that piglets require high levels of dairy products in their post-weaning diets to thrive; and it is the component lactose that gives gravity to these dairy products. The fact that many commercial piglet diets are low in lactose (and consequently in cost) does not reflect…
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