South Dakota is the third leading state in the production of sunflowers. Although the primary use of this crop is for extraction of oil, its protein and other nutrient contents make it a suitable ingredient in poultry feed formulation. Growing pullets have been shown (A.S. Series 78-2, POULTRY 80-7) to have relatively low requirements for protein (12% of diet) and also to withstand relatively high fiber contents with no adverse effect on later performance. These characteristics make pullets (10 to 20 weeks of age) appropriate subjects for feeding high levels of full-fat sunflower seeds in their diets.
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Department of Animal Science, Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Kashani, Ali B. and Carlson, C. Wendell, "Sunflowers For Growing Pullets" (1982). South Dakota Poultry Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1982. 2.