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How to predict the response of NSP enzymes in wheat-based diets

By Ioannis Mavromichalis, PhD, Nutrition Editor
Dec 23, 2013

NSP enzymes are used regularly in poultry diets and in pig diets during times of high cereal prices.

Wheat is a major staple in most poultry and pig diets, surpassed only by corn, worldwide. Yet, unlike corn, wheat is rather rich in non-starch polysaccharides (NSP) that are quite difficult, if not impossible, for monogastric animals (poultry and pigs) to digest efficiently.

This is why wheat contains about 90-95 percent of corn's energy value. To this end, NSP enzymes are used rather regularly in poultry diets, and with increasing frequency in pig diets, especially during times of high cereal prices.

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