Fiber as a Satiety Factor in Mink Feed

Carsten Hejlesen & Peter Sandbøl: Danish Fur Breeders Research Centre Denmark

It is widely accepted that animals eat to meet their energy needs, thus energy intake and energy needs are the primary controllers over feed intake. However it have been shown, that low digestible fibers can reduce the feeling of hunger, increase the feeling of stomach fullness and reduce the voluntary energy intake, (for example Benini et al., 1995, Sparti et al., 2000 and Anonymous, 1997).
It was investigated if animals fed a restricted energy supply would compensate for addition of low digestible fibres by increasing the feed intake per unit of time or if the fibers has a satiety effect causing an increase in the time spent eating the allotted feed.

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