More medium chain fatty acids in swine feed not necessarily better

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Kansas State University Research And Extension

When Kansas State University swine nutritionists design diets for pigs, they typically think of medium chain fatty acids as “good guys.” 

Over the past five years, K-State researchers have consistently found that those fatty acids lead to better health and well-being of pigs – just as they do in humans – and have a positive impact on the feed efficiency and growth of pigs.

Now they are reporting that more isn’t necessarily better.

“Our initial studies used rather high concentrations of medium chain fatty acids in swine feed to demonstrate their effectiveness,” said Jason Woodworth, a swine nutritionist with K-State Research and Extension. “As we progressed in the research we found that lower levels of MCFA generated similar benefits.”
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