A.S. Series 65-22
Traditionally, swine diets have been developed by including the essential nutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals and vitamins) and growth supporting additives in the dry diet. Completely mixed diets have been widely accepted by the modern swine producer because they support excellent gains and feed utilization by the animals. It has been convenient and advantageous to feed these completely mixed balanced diets; however, there are some disadvantages. Cost of the diets rises as more and more mixing of ingredients is required. The additional expense is due to the equipment and labor involved in mixing the nutrients used in small quantities, called micronutrients, into premixes and then adding to grain and extensively mixing again with the macroingredients. Another disadvantage is that once the diet is mixed, it is difficult to change. There are times, such as in scouring and with certain diseases, when an immediate change in the diet is desirable.
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Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State College
Seerley, Robert W., "A New Method of Feeding- The Nutritious Water Method" (1965). South Dakota Swine Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1965. 5.