The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of cocoa husks feeding on liver composition of the Italian heavy pig. Cocoa husks are by-products derived from chocolate production and have a high content of proteins, lipids, and NDF. Cocoa husks are also rich in antioxidants, polyphenols in particular. Eight finishing pigs were divided into 2 groups: control group fed a traditional diet, based on cereals, and treatment group fed a diet obtained by substitution of 10% of the control diet with coarsely ground cocoa husks. The trial was conducted during the hot season and lasted 6 wk, at the end of which all the pigs were slaughtered. Cocoa husks diet reduced dry matter intake (P < 0.01) and energy intake (P < 0.01) but neither body weight nor backfat thickness was affected by cocoa husks diet. Treatment did not influence carcass weight and hot dressing percentage but reduced liver weight (P < 0.05), liver dry matter percentage (P < 0.01), DNA (P = 0.01), and glycogen content (P = 0.01). By contrast, cocoa husks increased liver ether extract (P = 0.05) without affecting cholesterol content. Liver weight loss, reduction of protein synthesis, and a shift toward glycogen use instead of fat oxidation are considered metabolic strategies to reduce heat production under hot conditions. It is possible, therefore, that cocoa husks feeding promoted the process of acclimation because pigs needed less feeding to reach similar body and carcass weight as control pigs.
Cocoa husks in diets of Italian heavy pigs / D. Magistrelli, L. Malagutti, G. Galassi, F. Rosi. - In: JOURNAL OF ANIMAL SCIENCE. - ISSN 0021-8812. - 90:suppl. 4(2012), pp. 230-232.
|Titolo:||Cocoa husks in diets of Italian heavy pigs|
MAGISTRELLI, DAMIANO (Corresponding)
MALAGUTTI, LUCA (Secondo)
GALASSI, GIANLUCA (Penultimo)
ROSI, FABIA (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||cocoa by-products; liver composition; pig; polyphenols|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore VET/01 - Anatomia degli Animali Domestici|
Settore AGR/18 - Nutrizione e Alimentazione Animale
Settore AGR/19 - Zootecnica Speciale
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.2527/jas53970|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|