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Invited Review
Animal Bioscience 2022;35(2): 347-355. Special Issue
https://doi.org/10.5713/ab.21.0475    Published online January 4, 2022.
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Insect as feed ingredients for pigs
Jinsu Hong1  , Yoo Yong Kim2,* 
1Department of Animal Science, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57007, USA
2Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, and Research Institute of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Korea
Correspondence:  Yoo Yong Kim, Tel: +82-2-878-5838, Fax: +82-2-878-5839, Email: yooykim@snu.ac.kr
Received: 18 October 2021   • Revised: 12 November 2021   • Accepted: 23 November 2021
Among edible insects, black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens), yellow mealworm (Tenebrio molitor), and common housefly (Musca domestica) have been considered as an alternative protein source for pigs. Because they are easy to breed and grow in the organic wastes, and they have well-balanced nutritional value as a protein source for pigs. The black soldier fly larvae and mealworm could replace the fish meal in the diets for weaned pigs without adverse effects on growth performance and nutrient digestibility. Black soldier fly could also be included in the finishing pig’s diet without any negative effects on the growth performance and pork quality of the market pigs. Insect products showed a greater stan­dardized ileal digestibility value of amino acids than conventional animal proteins in growing pigs. Due to the limited amount of insect products used for pig feeding study, most previous pig studies have been conducted in weaned pigs. Thus, further study is needed about the optimal inclusion level of insect products in every phase diet from weaned pigs to sows. The use of insect products in swine diets has some challenges in terms of cost, supply, and safety. Lastly, intrinsic differences among insect species, processing method, and feeding phase should be taken into consideration for the use of insect products in the swine diets.
Keywords: Alternative Feed Ingredient; Insects; Insect Meal; Pig

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