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SPC can replace animal proteins in weanling pig diets

Plant-derived proteins are less expensive than animal proteins but sometimes cause nutritional problems in weanling pigs.

While plant-derived proteins are less expensive than animal proteins if used in weanling pig diets, they may contain anti-nutritional factors that can negatively affect gut health and growth performance. However, results of a new study from the University of Illinois indicate that soy protein concentrate (SPC) may be substituted partly or fully for animal proteins without causing adverse effects.

“We determined digestibility of crude protein, amino acids and energy in SPC ground

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