Nutritional challenges of keeping pigs on straw

About 22% of a sow’s total feed intake is the straw provided for her bedding, though this can increase up to 30% when fresh straw is provided daily (Mansbridge and Stewart, 2012). Historically different cereal straws have been used as appropriate bedding materials for pigs. However, since pigs are inclined to eat the straw, the potential impacts on pigs’ performance and health should be considered:

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