Lactating sows fed diets with high moisture corn silage and fumaric acid

The effect of lactation diets containing high moisture corn silage and fumaric acid was evaluated on the performance of lactating sows and their piglets. Twenty sows of commercial genetic lines were used in a randomized complete block experimental design with four treatments (basal diet - BD, elaborated each 24h; BD + 0.3% fumaric acid - FA; BD + 0.6% FA; and BD + 0.9% FA) and five replicates. Diets with fumaric acid were elaborated each 48 hours. The average daily feed intake of lactating sows was 7.42kg of natural matter and it was not affected (P>0.05) by treatments. The 0.9% fumaric acid addition in diets reduced in 6% (P<0.01) the pH of milk compared to basal diet. The average daily weight gain and average weaning live weight of piglets were not influenced (P>0.05) by treatments. The addition of fumaric acid in diets did not alter the performance of lactating sows and piglets. The addition of fumaric acid in lactation diets elaborated with high moisture corn silage increased the normal feces frequency in sucking piglets.

pig; acidifiers; body condition; pH; milk


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