Arquivo Brasileiro de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia
Print version ISSN 0102-0935
ROSSONI, M.C. et al. Digestible threonine levels for high genetic potential lean deposition finishing barrows. Arq. Bras. Med. Vet. Zootec. [online]. 2008, vol.60, n.4, pp. 884-889. ISSN 0102-0935. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-09352008000400017.
An experiment was carried out to determine the effects of digestible threonine levels in ration on the performance and carcass traits of hogs genetically selected for lean deposition at finishing. Seventy barrows averaging an initial weight of 59.00+1.25kg were distributed in a randomized experimental block design with five treatments and seven replicates, being two animals per experimental unit. Initial weight was adopted as a criterion for animal distribution in the treatments, which were the levels of digestible treonine in the diet (0.480; 0.504; 0.528; 0.554; and 0.572%). No effect (P>0.05) was observed among the treatments on daily weight gain, daily feed intake, and feed conversion. Digestible threonine levels did not influence (P>0.05) lean and backfat thickness percentage. It can be concluded that the level of 0.480% of digestible treonine, corresponding to the rate digestible treonine:lysine 60%, supplied the requirments of high potential lean deposition barows from 60 to 95kg.
Keywords : swine; amino acid; carcass; genotype; ideal protein; nutritional requeriment.