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https://doi.org/10.5713/ab.22.0311    [Accepted] Published online November 14, 2022.
Effects of β-glucan with vitamin E supplementation on the growth performance, blood profile, immune response, fecal microflora, fecal score, and nutrient digestibility in weaning pigs
Tae Wook Goh1  , Hong Jun Kim1  , Kunyong Moon1  , Cheon Soo Kim1  , Yoo Yong Kim1,* 
Department 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: 12 August 2022   • Revised: 6 October 2022   • Accepted: 25 October 2022
Abstract
Objective
This study was conducted to evaluate effects of β-glucan with vitamin E supplementation on the growth performance, blood profile, immune response, fecal microflora, fecal score, and nutrient digestibility in weaning pigs
Methods
A total of 200 weaning pigs with an average body weight (BW) of 7.64±0.741 kg were allotted to five treatment groups and were divided based on sex and initial BW in four replicates with ten pigs per pen in a randomized complete block design. The experimental diets included a corn‒soybean meal-based basal diet with or without 0.1% or 0.2% β-glucan and 0.02% vitamin E. The pigs were fed the diets for 6 weeks. A total of 15 barrows were used to evaluate the nutrient digestibility by the total collection method. The BW and feed intake were measured at the end of each phase. Blood samples were collected at the end of each phase, and fecal samples were collected at the end of the experiment.
Results
The addition of β-glucan with vitamin E to weaning pig feed increased BW, average daily gain, and average daily feed intake. A significant decrease in yeast & mold and Proteobacteria and a tendency for Lactobacillus to increase compared to the control was shown when 0.1% β-glucan and 0.02% vitamin E were added. The fecal score in weaning pigs was lower in the treatments supplemented with 0.1% or 0.2% β-glucan and 0.02% vitamin E compared to the control. In addition, vitamin E was better supplied to weaning pigs by increasing the concentration of α-tocopherol in the blood of weaning pigs when 0.02% vitamin E was supplemented. However, there was no significant difference not only in the immune response but also in the nutrient digestibility.
Conclusion
0.1% β-glucan with 0.02% vitamin E in a weaning pig’s diet were beneficial to the growth performance of weaning pigs by improving intestinal microbiota and reducing the incidence of diarrhea.
Keywords: β-Glucan; Fecal Score; Growth Performance; Intestinal Microbiota; Vitamin E; Weaning Pigs


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