To evaluate the effects of dietary supplementation with a marine-algae product (MA) containing a high level of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) on heavy pig production performances (including meat and subcutaneous fat quality), a trial was conducted on sixty Landrace x Large White barrows with a starting average body weight (BW) of 118 kg. Pigs were allocated to four experimental groups: a control group (A) fed a maize/soybean diet and three treatment groups in which MA was added at 2.5 g kg-1 over the last eight weeks prior to slaughtering (group B) or at 5 and 2.5 g kg-1 over the last four weeks prior to slaughtering (groups C and D, respectively). Vitamin E was added at 12.5 mg kg-1 in the diets for groups B and D and at 25 mg kg-1 in the diet of group C. The four diets were formulated so as to supply the same amount of nutrients, with exception of vitamin E. Pigs were fed at a rate of 9% of their metabolic BW (BW0.75) up to a maximum of 2.9 kg of dry matter per pig per day. Pigs were slaughtered at about 160 kg BW. The dietary treatment did not affect either the growth or slaughtering parameters of pigs. No significant differences were observed with respect to pH values, meat colour, loin composition and the iodine number of subcutaneous fat. Pigs on MA diets showed a significant (P<0.01) improvement in DHA levels both in loin and in subcutaneous fat. No significant differences in relative fatty acid composition were observed between pigs receiving the MA supplement at the lower level (2.5 g kg-1) over a 8-week period (group B) and pigs receiving the higher MA supplement (5.0 g kg-1) over a 4-week period prior to slaughter (group C).

Effects of a dietary supplement of DHA-rich marine algae on Italian heavy pig production parameters.

SARDI, LUCA;MARTELLI, GIOVANNA;PARISINI, PAOLO;MORDENTI, ARCHIMEDE
2006

Abstract

To evaluate the effects of dietary supplementation with a marine-algae product (MA) containing a high level of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) on heavy pig production performances (including meat and subcutaneous fat quality), a trial was conducted on sixty Landrace x Large White barrows with a starting average body weight (BW) of 118 kg. Pigs were allocated to four experimental groups: a control group (A) fed a maize/soybean diet and three treatment groups in which MA was added at 2.5 g kg-1 over the last eight weeks prior to slaughtering (group B) or at 5 and 2.5 g kg-1 over the last four weeks prior to slaughtering (groups C and D, respectively). Vitamin E was added at 12.5 mg kg-1 in the diets for groups B and D and at 25 mg kg-1 in the diet of group C. The four diets were formulated so as to supply the same amount of nutrients, with exception of vitamin E. Pigs were fed at a rate of 9% of their metabolic BW (BW0.75) up to a maximum of 2.9 kg of dry matter per pig per day. Pigs were slaughtered at about 160 kg BW. The dietary treatment did not affect either the growth or slaughtering parameters of pigs. No significant differences were observed with respect to pH values, meat colour, loin composition and the iodine number of subcutaneous fat. Pigs on MA diets showed a significant (P<0.01) improvement in DHA levels both in loin and in subcutaneous fat. No significant differences in relative fatty acid composition were observed between pigs receiving the MA supplement at the lower level (2.5 g kg-1) over a 8-week period (group B) and pigs receiving the higher MA supplement (5.0 g kg-1) over a 4-week period prior to slaughter (group C).
2006
Sardi L.; Martelli G.; Lambertini L.; Parisini P.; Mordenti A.
File in questo prodotto:
Eventuali allegati, non sono esposti

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/11585/23197
 Attenzione

Attenzione! I dati visualizzati non sono stati sottoposti a validazione da parte dell'ateneo

Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 72
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 61
social impact