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Swine Nutrition and Feed Technology
Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 2000;13(8): 1147-1153.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.2000.1147    Published online August 1, 2000.
Estimation of Protein Deposition Rate of Growing-Finishing Pigs Reared in Commercial Conditions in Korea
J. H. Kim, K. S. Sohn, Y. Hyun, In K. Han
A total of 9,540 pigs were evaluated for their growth performance to provide information on the development of different feeding strategies to support maximum rate of protein deposition (PD). Large variations in growth performance and protein deposition rate were found in the population used in this study (ADG from 701 to 974 g/day; ADFI from 1,726 to 2,498 g/day; Feed/gain from 2.10 to 2.90; Backfat thickness from 12.4 to 20.5 mm and PD rate from 103 to 153 g/day). It was found that ADG was positively correlated to PD (R2=0.9362, p<0.0001) while FCR was negatively correlated to PD (R2=0.4031, p<0.0001). Backfat thickness was negatively correlated to PD (R2=0.7024, p<0.0001) and to ADG (R2=0.5096, p<0.0001). The estimated lysine requirement based on PD rate also showed large variation (12.37 to 18.38 g/day true ileal digestible lysine on average between 25 and 100 kg), thus strongly indicated the need of separate feeding strategies for each group of pigs. When pigs were divided into three categories according to estimated whole body PD rate, the group of pigs with the highest PD rate grew faster by 6.3 and 13.9% than pigs with intermediate and low PD rate, respectively. Feed utilization was also more efficient in pigs with a high PD rate. It appeared that pigs with high PD rate maintained higher PD rate especially in the later stage of their life. Pigs with high PD rate require an extra amount of 1.2 and 2.4 g/true digestible lysine per day and 0.4 and 0.8% more lysine in the diet than pigs with intermediate and low PD rate during the growing-finishing period respectively. Results of this study suggest that there is a need for separate feeding strategies for individual group of pigs with different PD rate. It should be noted that average value for each group presented in this report is not the adequate amount for an animals potential for maximum PD rate. With recent development in growth modeling and access to computer technologies to facilitate computation, pork producers can easily estimate pigs protein deposition rate and thus can make their own feeding strategies.
Keywords: Pigs; Protein Deposition; Lysine; Genetic Potential; Feeding Strategies

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