Department of Animal Husbandry
This experiment was undertaken to ascertain the relative feeding value of millet, as a fattening ration when fed to hogs, as compared to that of the more commonly grown cereals. Various millets have been widely grown in this state for several years and considered a very valuable forage crop for cattle and sheep if harvested at the proper stage of maturity. There is probably no crop that can be sowed that will mature in so short South Dakota, and produce so large a yield of forage or grain per acre, as millet. There are, however, numerous new varieties of millet which have been introduced into this section of the country by this station through the co-operative work which has been carried on for several years with the United States Department of Agriculture. These new millets were imported by the department from -foreign countries where the climatic conditions are similar to ours and, as a result, many varieties have been introduced, well suited to our country which, probably would not have reached us otherwise. Among the kinds imported, one from Russia, the Black Voronesh ( Panicum miliar ceum), or commonly known as "hog millet," has proved to be one of the best, not only from the fact that it is a heavy yielder of forage and grain, but that it is a quick grower, drought-resistant and the grain furnishes, when ground, a very palatable and nutritions feed for cattle, sheep and swine. It can be sown as late as the middle of June and will be ready to harvest the latter part of August or before frost.
swine, pigs, feeding pigs, millet, fattening swine
South Dakota Agricultural College, Experiment Station
Wilson, J.W. and Skinner, H.G., "Millet for Fattening Swine" (1904). Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletins. 83.