The purpose of this study was to alter the dietary energy intake of the gestating sow/gilt in an attempt to cause a conversion from the utilization of carbohydrates for energy to the catabolism of fat, of either a dietary or physiological nature. This conversion could potentially cause a switch from the placental transfer of glucose to ketones and free fatty acids~· The utilization of these compounds for energy, in utero, could potentially result in increased fat deposition and the enhanced ability to utilize dietary fat as an energy source at the time of farrowing.
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Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Cristopherson, R. A.; Libal, G. W.; and Wahlstrom, R. C., "Dietary Alteration of the Energy Metabolism in the Sow During Late Gestation" (1984). South Dakota Swine Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1984. 5.