A.S. Series 77-36
Swine Producers have used alfalfa as a feed constituent in a swine gestation diet for years. Theoretically, if sows would eat enough, alfalfa could be nearly complete feed with only vitamins, trace minerals and phosphorus supplemented. Bulky ground alfalfa is a relatively unpalatable feed for swine and dehydrated alfalfa initially is rejected as the sole feed source. However, several research stations have shown that sows will, with time, adjust to desirable levels of consumption of dehydrated alfalfa when fed as the only feed supplied or when fed with small quantities of grain initially. The study feed source for sows and gilts when fed free-choice with a mineral-vitamin supplement during the last two-thirds of gestation.
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Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Libal, George W. and Wahlstrom, Richard C., "Dehydrated Alfalfa in Sow and Gilt Gestation Diets" (1977). South Dakota Swine Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1977. 9.