Effects of oligosaccharides in weanling pig diets on performance, microflora and intestinal health.

G.A.R.K. Gebbink, A.L. Sutton, B.A. Williams, J.A. Patterson, B.T. Richert, D.T. Kelly, M.W.A. Verstegen

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Abstract

Specific oligosaccharides in weanling pig diets may help to temper the transition from milk diets to dry feed, though performance may not reach the levels found when antibiotics are included in the diet. Within the normal stresses of a production type environment, use of fructo-oligosaccharide (FOS) and sugarbeet pulp (BP), either separate or combined, helped in maintaining a healthy gastrointestinal tract (GIT) environment through greater colonization of bifido bacteria or reduction of Escherichia coli in the intestinal system. Further research is needed to determine whether changing levels of various oligosaccharides can also provide consistent efficient pig gains and feed conversion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigestive physiology in pigs. Proceedings of the 8th Symposium, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden, 20-22 June 2000
EditorsJ.E. Lindberg, B. Ogle
PublisherCABI
Chapter73
Pages269-271
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9780851995175
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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