A.S. Series 67-36
Feed management for gestating gilts and sows and the effect on performance and production costs has been the subject of considerable research in recent years. The object of these studies has been to cut production costs without adversely affecting sow performance in terms of pig numbers and weights at farrowing and weaning. Bred females have been satisfactorily managed with as little as three pounds of feed per head daily for part of the gestation period. Management which avoids hand feeding by giving sows access to a self-feeder for periods such as every third day has not consistently resulted in important feed savings but has also not been detrimental to sow performance. The trials reported here were conducted to determine the comparative performance and feed consumption for gilts and sows self-fed or hand-fed daily and self-fed for either one or two 2 4-hour periods during a week.
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Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
McCarty, J.W. and Seerly, R.W., "Reproductive Performance of Gilts and Sows Fed Daily, Twice Weekly or Weekly During Gestation" (1967). South Dakota Swine Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1967. 13.