A.H. Swine 2
Confinement feeding of growing-finishing pigs has been increasing at a rapid rate during the past few years. Results of this method of feeding have indicated that pigs grow faster and require only slightly more feed than when fed on pasture. It is only natural then that the question has been asked as to whether brood sows too can be kept in confinement on concrete dry lot during their entire gestation and lactation periods. Improved reproductive performance of sows has been reported when alfalfa meal was included in gestation rations that were not fortified with B vitamins. However, a lack of research exists on the value of dehydrated alfalfa in present day rations that are fortified with minerals, vitamins and antibiotics. The experiment reported here was designed as a long-term study in which the value of dehydrated alfalfa meal is being studied continuously from weaning through reproduction and lactation with swine that are confined to concrete dry lot.
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Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension Service, South Dakota State College
Wahlstrom, Richard C. and Seerley, Robert W., "Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal for Brood Sows Kept Continuosly on Concrete" (1960). South Dakota Swine Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1960. 3.