Nutrition: What effect does dietary fibre have on dry sow diets?

A multi-university experiment concludes that soybean hulls contributed to a reduced bodyweight at farrowing when compared with sows, while psyllium increased bodyweight through the reproductive cycle


The profitability of the swine production chain hinges on reproductive efficiency in the sow operation. Discussion is continuing in the research community as to the role that fibre plays in gestation diets, since studies have shown that fibre can increase reproductive efficiency of sows in some instances, but not in others.

Better Pork - June 2008