The Effect of Changing the Carbohydrate Composition of Diets on the Growth Performance and Meat Quality of Pigs

  • Zamora Bermúdez
Keywords: Pigs, Diet, Carbohydrate Composition, Growth Performance, Meat Quality


Dietary manipulation of muscle glycogen depo- sition has focused primarily on replacing starch- rich
cereals in finishing diets mainly with fat-rich protein feedstuffs and to a lesser extent with feed- stuffs rich in
fibre. Generally, these strategic, low-starch finishing diets have contained no cereals and considerably more
protein than standard finishing diets that meet the amino acid requirements of finishing pigs. The aim of this
study was to investigate the effect of changing the carbohydrate composition of finishing diets on the growth
performance and meat quality of pigs.