A.S. Series 66-21
Several expensive ingredients are normally included in baby pig rations for optimum performance of the pigs. Some of these ingredients are rolled (hulled ) oats, dried skimmilk, dried whey, sugar and high levels of antibiotics. They are added to improve palatability, increase digestibility of the ration and protect the pigs from scours and harmful microflora. Most of the rations are highly fortified with vitamins. All of these materials, plus pelleting, make the ration rather expensive. Studies at the Minnesota station have shown that pigs do well on the sophisticated rations, but the response over a more simple ration is not always enough to pay the cost of these more expensive ingredients. An experiment was initiated here to study diets for young pigs. The study is expected to last several years and cover several aspects of the nutrition for young pigs. The first trial was designed to compare com-soybean meal-type rations with a ration containing some rolled oats, dried skimmilk and sugar as well as some corn, soybean meal, minerals, vitamins and an antibiotic.
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Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Seerley, R.W., "Diets for Early Weaned Pigs" (1966). South Dakota Swine Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1966. 6.