Super-dosing phytase may go beyond improving phosphorus digestibility

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2019-08-15
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Ruckman, Leigh
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Patience, John
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The Department of Animal Science originally concerned itself with teaching the selection, breeding, feeding and care of livestock. Today it continues this study of the symbiotic relationship between animals and humans, with practical focuses on agribusiness, science, and animal management.

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The Department of Animal Husbandry was established in 1898. The name of the department was changed to the Department of Animal Science in 1962. The Department of Poultry Science was merged into the department in 1971.

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Phosphorus is an essential mineral in pig diets that is required for body maintenance and growth, as well as crucial physiological processes. This mineral is naturally abundant in most grains that are fed to pigs. However, the dominant storage form of phosphorus in plants is phytate which cannot be digested by pigs.

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This article is published as Ruckman, L. and J.F. Patience. Super-dosing phytase may go beyond improving phosphorus digestibility. National Hog Farmer. August 15, 2019. Posted with permission.

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