Effects ofthree kinds ofprotease ongrowth performance, apparent digestibility ofnutrients and caecal microbial counts inweanling pigs


Ma W., Lv Y., Guo L., Wang Z., Zhao F. (2020): Effects of three kinds of protease on growth performance, apparent digestibility of nutrients and caecal microbial counts in weanling pigs. Czech J. Anim. Sci., 65: 373–379.

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This experiment investigated the effects of three single kinds of protease on performance, serum parameters, apparent digestibility of nutrients and caecal microorganisms in weanling pigs. One hundred and ninety-two White × Landrace × Duroc hybrid pigs (7.51 ± 0.81 kg) were allotted to 1 of 4 treatments for 28 days. No protease was added to the control diet and the three experimental diets were supplemented with the same proportion of 10 IU/kg of alkaline, acidic and neutral protease, respectively. The supplementation of alkaline protease increased average daily gain and reduced serum concentrations of cholesterol and triglyceride compared with the control group (P < 0.05). The three single kinds of protease supplementation decreased the levels of serum urea nitrogen and increased the serum concentration of aspartate aminotransferase (P < 0.05). The apparent digestibility of crude protein was increased by the dietary supplementation of alkaline or acidic protease compared with that of pigs in the control group (P < 0.05). Results indicate that the alkaline protease supplementation improved the performance and apparent digestibility of crude protein in weanling pigs.

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