Soy hulls a good alternative source of fiber for piglets

Article by Ioannis Mavromichalis published in Feedstrategy September 2021

The outer part of the soybean is increasingly being retained as a roughage for ruminants and gestating sows, replacing more expensive fiber sources.

Fibers have received much attention as part of an antibiotic-free program for piglets. The focus has largely been on insoluble fibers that act on the upper gastrointestinal part where they provide motility, water control and a general boost in gut health.

Fermentable fibers, on the other hand, are more beneficial in the lower gut segment where they can act as substrate (food) to beneficial bacteria. These two fibers are not the same, but they both need to be present in piglet feeds at the right amounts.

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