Monitoring Calcium, Phosphorous, and Vitamin D₃ Deficiencies in Starter, Growing, and Finishing Pigs
calcium, phosphorous, vitamin d₃, swine, deficiences
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Due to the increasing cost of dietary ingredients, many swine producers are looking for the most cost-effective ways to meet the nutritional needs of their animals. One of the most costly ingredients in swine diets is inorganic phosphorus, which is normally supple¬mented as dicalcium phosphate. Calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D3 each play a major role in bone formation, and a deficiency in these nutrients can lead to depressed growth, rickets, broken bones, and, eventually, paralysis in the hind legs. A lesser-known symptom of calcium/phosphorus/vitamin D3 deficiency is the formation of large nodules, called rachitic rosaries, on the ribs of market hogs. In addition to being an indicator of improp¬erly balanced diet, which could affect growth perfor¬mance, rachitic rosaries pose a substantial problem for meat packers because of the loss in value incurred when these nodules are removed during processing, resulting in damage to the ribs, bellies, and sometimes even the loins of these animals.
Hostetler, Chris and Thaler, Bob, "Monitoring Calcium, Phosphorous, and Vitamin D₃ Deficiencies in Starter, Growing, and Finishing Pigs" (2008). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 90.