Dale Forsyth Purdue University

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Principles of Balancing Swine Diets

Publish Date: June 3, 2006

A balanced swine diet contains the necessary nutrients in the correct proportions to nourish the animal properly. Required nutrients are energy, amino acids, minerals, and vitamins. Fat is required to supply essential fatty acids, but it is usually adequate in practical diets. Water is an important nutrient and normally is provided with free access, so it is not considered for diet formulation purposes. A palatable and economical energy source like corn or grain sorghum can be transformed into a nutritionally balanced ration if nutrient deficiencies are corrected by using additional ingredients.

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