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Li et al., 2012. Asian-Aust. J. Anim.Sci., 25 (10): 1430-1438

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Li, J. T.; Li, D. F.; Zang, J. J.; Yang, W. J.; Zhang, W. J.; Zhang, L. Y., 2012. Evaluation of energy digestibility and prediction of digestible and metabolizable energy from chemical composition of different cottonseed meal sources fed to growing pigs. Asian-Aust. J. Anim.Sci., 25 (10): 1430-1438

The present experiment was conducted to determine the digestible energy (DE), metabolizable energy (ME) content, and the apparent total tract digestibility (ATTD) of energy in growing pigs fed diets containing one of ten cottonseed meals (CSM) collected from different provinces of China and to develop in vitro prediction equations for DE and ME content from chemical composition of the CSM samples. Twelve growing barrows with an initial body weight of 35.21.7 kg were allotted to two 6*6 Latin square designs, with six barrows and six periods and six diets for each. A corn-dehulled soybean meal diet was used as the basal diet, and the other ten diets were formulated with corn, dehulled soybean meal and 19.20% CSM. The DE, ME and ATTD of gross energy among different CSM sources varied largely and ranged from 1,856 to 2,730 kcal/kg dry matter (DM), 1,778 to 2,534 kcal/kg DM, and 42.08 to 60.47%, respectively. Several chemical parameters were identified to predict the DE and ME values of CSM, and the accuracy of prediction models were also tested. The best fit equations were: DE, kcal/kg DM=670.14+31.12 CP+659.15 EE with R 2=0.82, RSD=172.02, p<0.05; and ME, kcal/kg DM=843.98+25.03 CP+673.97 EE with R 2=0.84, RSD=144.79, p<0.05. These results indicate that DE, ME values and ATTD of gross energy varied substantially among different CSM sources, and that some prediction equations can be applied to predict DE and ME in CSM with an acceptable accuracy.

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Li et al., 2012