Barley is an important feed ingredient that may be used as an alternative for corn in swine diets. It is higher in protein and the amino acid lysine than is corn. But, it also contains less energy than corn and thus diets based on barley as the grain source are less efficient than corn based diets. It has also been suggested that hogs fed barley diets do not yield ~s well as those fed corn diets. The objectives of this experiment were to determine the effect of lysine and fat supplementation to barley based diets and to compare these diets with corn based diets. A further objective was to determine the effect of barley diets on carcass characteristics and dressing percentage.
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Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Wahlstrom, R. C.; Borg, B. S.; and Libal, G. W., "Barley Diets for Growing-Finishing Pigs" (1984). South Dakota Swine Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1984. 3.