A.S. Series 64-19
Can a balanced diet be economically provided to swine by including certain nutrients in the drinking water? Traditionally swine diets have been developed by including the essential nutrients and growth additives to the air dry free-choice or self-fed rations. Water soluble microingredients have been added to drinking water for therapeutic treatment, but nutrients have not been commonly added to water under general feeding conditions. However, the same principle is applied when water is mixed with a ration and fed as a liquid. Theoretically, feeding water dispersible micronutrients and additives in water and macroingredients in a dry mixture should support good growth and feed utilization providing the nutrient stability is good in water. Two trials have been conducted with baby pigs to determine the value of adding vitamins and an antibiotic to drinking water as a supplement t o a complete starter feed for nursing and early weaned pigs. Two trials have been conducted to determine the effects of feeding vitamins and an antibiotic in water for growing-finishing pigs.
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Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State College
Seerley, R.W.; Wastell, M.E.; and Fritz, V.L., "Supplemental Vitamins and Antibiotics in Drinking Water for Swine" (1964). South Dakota Swine Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1964. 2.