Animal Science Department


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Published in JOURNAL OF ANIMAL SCIENCE 67 (1989), pp. 1478-1488. Copyright © 1989 American Society of Animal Science. Used by permission.


The effects of energy and protein intakes by 32 primiparous sows during a 28-d lactation on sow and litter performance and sow body composition and bone properties were examined. Dietary treatments were energy intakes of 8 (LE) and 16 (HE) Mcal of ME/d and protein intakes of 380 (LP) and 760 (HP) g of CP/d in a 2 x 2 factorial arrangement. Sows fed diets that were inadequate in either energy or protein lost more weight than did sows fed the HE-HP diet, but back fat losses were greater when energy intake was deficient than when protein was deficient.