2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

The Effects of Resistant Starch from High Amylose Corn on Swine Growth, Feed Efficiency, and Odor
Amanda M. Zerkel
Dr. Thomas E. Marshall and Dr. Mark Campbell, Faculty Mentors

It is thought that resistant starch (RS) in high amylose corn can reduce offensive odors and unsavory pork flavors. The effect of RS on swine growth, feed efficiency, and odor is poorly understood. An eight-week feeding trial was conducted using 20 feeder pigs that were randomly assigned to treatment diets based on weight and sex. The RS diet consisted of a protein supplement, high amylose corn (HAC), and traditional corn (TC). The ratio of HAC to TC in the RS diet was 1:3 for 42 days and 1:0 for 14 days. Throughout the entire study, the normal diet contained a protein supplement and TC only. The pigs were weighed and fecal samples were collected weekly from both groups. At the end of the study, blood samples were collected from each animal. The preliminary results have shown that swine growth was not affected by RS diets, but analysis is ongoing.

Keywords: Resistant Starch, High Amylose Corn, Pigs, Skatole

Topic(s):Agricultural Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 23-2
Location: VH 1416
Time: 10:00

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