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on January 23, 2017

How to formulate energy-rich diets for growing piglets

Energy is the most expensive, critical and essential nutrient in any pig feed, and a nutrient that is used to prorate all other nutrients because pigs will consume feed first to satisfy their energy needs.

Energy is the most expensive “nutrient” in a piglet diet. Although energy is a physical property and not a nutrient (that is, a chemically distinctive compound), it is often regarded as such for simplicity.

Dietary energy is provided by sugars, such as starch and lactose; lipids, which contain about…

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