South Dakota has become a leader in the production of sunflowers during the past few years. Sunflowers are an excellent oil. crop as they may contain 40% oil that is highly unsaturated in nature. In swine diets, the addition of sunflower seeds would replace mainly the grain or carbohydrate source in the diet, This would increase the energy content of the diet and shift the energy source from carbohydrate to a mixture of carbohydrates and fat. A previous experiment reported in the 1982 South Dakota Swine Day proceedings indicated that 20% dietary sunflower seeds reduced rate of gain and produced softer carcasses but 4id not affect the eating quality of the pork.
The study reported herein was designed to further evaluate different levels of sunflower seeds in swine diets on swine performence and carcass characteristics.
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Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Hartman, A. D.; Wahlstrom, R. C.; and Libal, G. W., "Sunflower Seeds in Growing-Finishing Swine Diets" (1983). South Dakota Swine Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1983. 4.