Sunflowers are fast becoming a maj or agricultural crop in South Dakota and research on their usefulness as a feed ingredient in swine diets has been limited. The high fat content of some sunflowers (approximately 40%) lends itself as a possible source of fat in the diets of late gestating and early lactating sows. Recent research at other univer sities has indicated that fat addition to the diet of sows during late gestation will increase piglet survivability by increasing the amount of energy stored in the piglet body at birth , thus making them less vulnerable to starvation and sow overlay. This fat addition may also increase the fat content of the colostrum milk serving as an additional energy source to the young pig.
The objective of this exper iment was to determine the value of whole sunflower seeds as a part of the sow diet in late gestation and early lactation and its effect on piglet survivability.
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Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Kepler, Mark A.; Libal, George W.; and Wahlstrom, Richard C., "Effect of Feeding Ground Sunflower Seeds to Gestating and Lactating Sows" (1980). South Dakota Swine Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1980. 9.