Department of Animal Husbandry
The production of pork is one of the principal industries in the corn-belt. The pig will yield a larger return for the feed consumed than either the sheep or the steer and will make a larger daily gain for his weight than any other animal on the farm. All animals fatten rapidly when receiving corn as a ration on account of its highly carbonaceous nature. But the question is often asked by farmers who are practicing dairying to a greater or less extent, what is the value of skim milk and buttermilk for the pig when fed in conjunction with corn? The Thirteenth Census Report of the United States shows that there has been an increase of 1934 per cent in the swine industry in South Dakota during the past ten years. There has also been a large increase in the number of dairy cows in the state during this time. This increase can justly be attributed to the prevailing high prices of dairy products, the influx of new settlers from dairying and corn-producing states, and the gradual extension of the corn-belt northward. Dairying and pork production go hand in hand, since the by-products of the creamery are unexcelled, when accessibility is considered, as a feed to increase the returns from a bushel of corn when fed to pigs.
feeding pigs, fattening pigs, swine, livestock feed, swine nutrition
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Wilson, J.W., "Fattening Pigs" (1912). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 136.