Improving pork quality by feeding supranutritional concentrations of vitamin D3.

  title={Improving pork quality by feeding supranutritional concentrations of vitamin D3.},
  author={Barney Wilborn and Christopher R Kerth and Walter Frank Owsley and W. R. Jones and L. T. Frobish},
  journal={Journal of animal science},
  volume={82 1},
Duroc-cross pigs (n = 25) were assigned to one of three experimental finishing diets containing 0 (control), 40,000 (40), or 80,000 (80) IU of supplemental vitamin D3/kg of feed (as-fed basis)to test the effects of vitamin D3 on pork quality traits. Experimental diets were fed for 44 or 51 d before slaughter, and days on feed were blocked in the experimental design. A trend existed for pigs receiving the highest concentration of vitamin D3 supplementation to have a lower (P = 0.08) ADG (0.77 kg… CONTINUE READING
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