BOKU - Universität für Bodenkultur Wien - Forschungsinformationssystem

Logo BOKU-Forschungsportal

Gewählte Publikation:

Ettle, T; Mentschel, K; Roth, FX.
(2004): Dietary self-selection for organic acids by the piglet.
Arch Anim Nutr. 2004; 58(5):379-388 FullText FullText_BOKU

Two feeding trials using 48 weaned crossbred piglets each were carried out to determine the effect of acidifying diets with potassium diformate (K-diformate), formic or sorbic acid on dietary preferences in piglets. In Exp. 1 two reference groups were fed either an unacidified diet or a diet containing 2.4% of K-diformate with no choice for selection. Furthermore, piglets in choice group I and 2 had the choice between an unacidified diet and a diet supplemented with 1.2 and 2.4% K-diformate, respectively. In Exp. 2, animals of three reference groups received exclusively an unacidifted diet or diets supplemented with 1.2% formic acid or 1.2% sorbic acid, respectively. The animals of the choice groups had the choice between an unacidified diet and diets with 1.2% formic acid or 1.2% sorbic acid, respectively. In Exp. I average daily feed intake, daily gain and feed conversion ratio were 751 g, 458 g and 1.64 kg/kg, respectively, with no significant differences between treatments. In both choice feeding groups animals chose the diets on offer at random (each around 50%). In Exp. 2 growth and feed intake were not affected by the treatment, but feed conversion ratio was enhanced due to the 1.2% formic acid supplementation. Animals of both organic acid choice groups showed a significant preference for the unacidified diets in each experimental week. The formic acid and sorbic acid diets represented on average only 13.5% and 23.5% of the total feed intake. The present results demonstrate that the inclusion of 1.2% sorbic or formic acid or 2.4% of K-diformate in piglet diets has no negative impact on feed intake, but in a situation of choice feeding, piglets will refuse diets acidified with 1.2% formic or sorbic acid, presumably because of negative taste cues. Acidifying the diets with varying amounts of a K-diformate had no effect on dietary preferences of piglets.
Autor*innen der BOKU Wien:
BOKU Gendermonitor:

Find related publications in this database (using NML MeSH Indexing)
Animal Feed -
Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena -
Animals -
Dose-Response Relationship, Drug -
Eating - drug effects
Female -
Food Preferences -
Formates - administration & dosage
Hydrogen-Ion Concentration -
Male -
Random Allocation -
Sorbic Acid - administration & dosage
Swine - growth & development
Weight Gain - drug effects

Find related publications in this database (Keywords)
organic acids
feeding preferences

© BOKU Wien Impressum