The relationship between liveweight and the intake of bulky foods in pigs
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 20 November 2017
The amount of a bulky food that an animal can eat depends on its capacity for bulk and the bulk content of the food. For pigs between 12 and 40kg the capacity for food bulk was found to be directly proportional to liveweight (Kyriazakis and Emmans, 1995). The way in which the capacity for bulky foods changes with weight above 40 kg is not clear; there is no a priori reason to assume that the scaling rule proposed for young pigs will hold in heavier pigs. The applicability of the work in young pigs for use in more mature pigs needs investigation, to develop predictive equations for the whole relevant weight range. An experiment was designed to determine how the capacity for bulk changed with weight; the objective was to develop a relationship between the capacity for food bulk and liveweight.
- Proceedings of the British Society of Animal Science , Volume 2003 , 2003 , pp. 19
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