Well-targeted xylanase offers opportunity to improve feed efficiencies in swine diets
Traditionally, the inclusion of a xylanase has been most popular in swine diets containing higher levels of wheat or barley, where the ability to increase nutrient digestibility has produced reliable improvements in pig performance. However, an historic lack of consistency within the published research relating to xylanase utilisation in corn-based diets has led to a lack of confidence among many of those feeding corn as the main cereal grain.
As a result, xylanases remain under-utilised within the swine industry, with many producers missing out on the potential improvements in feed conversion achievable in corn-based diets by the best of the current generation xylanases. Such a gain would add a substantial amount to the bottom line for most swine producers, and understanding the mechanisms by which it is achieved is the key to a reliable response.
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Article made possible through the contribution of Dr. Casey Bradley and AB Vista