Effects of Replacing Corn Meal with Barely on Growth Performance, Nutrient Digestibility, and Blood Metabolites in Growing Pigs

옥수수를 보리로 대체 급여 시 육성돈의 성장, 영양소 소화율 및 혈액성상에 미치는 영향

  • Kim, Hoi-Yun (Department of Animal Resource Technology, Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology) ;
  • Kim, Sam-Churl (Division of Applied Life Science (BK21Plus, Insti. of Agric. & Life Sci.), Gyeongsang National University) ;
  • Song, Young-Min (Department of Animal Resource Technology, Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology)
  • 김회윤 (경남과학기술대학교 동물소재공학과) ;
  • 김삼철 (경상대학교 응용생명과학부(BK21Plus, 농업생명과학연구원)) ;
  • 송영민 (경남과학기술대학교 동물소재공학과)
  • Received : 2016.06.01
  • Accepted : 2016.06.22
  • Published : 2016.07.31


A total of 16 growing pigs (Landrace${\times}$Yorkshire${\times}$Duroc, average weight $71{\pm}2kg$) were used in this experiment for 24 days to determine the effect of replacing ground corn with barley varieties on growth performance, nutrient digestibility, and blood metabolites. Each pig was housed individually in a metabolic cage with a nipple waterer and feeder. Four dietary treatments included control (a corn and soybean meal-based diet) and 3 barley varieties (Youngyang, Wooho, or Yuyeon barley replacing 40% of ground corn). Growth performance and nutrient digestibility were not affected by replacement of 40% of ground corn with one of the three barley varieties (p > 0.05), but final body weight was. As for blood characteristics, pig treated with all of the barley treatments had no effect (p > 0.05) on total protein, albumin, aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), lactate dehydrogenase (LD), and glucose in comparison with control; however, there was a difference in high density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol levels between the control and all of the barley replaced treatment groups (p < 0.05). In conclusion, in spite of statistically significant differences, each of the three barley varieties is a suitable substitute for ground corn in the diet of growing and fattening pigs without adverse effects on growth performance, nutrient digestibility, and blood characteristics.


Barley;Blood metabolites;Corn;Nutrient digestibility;Pig


Supported by : 경남과학기술대학교


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