Barley has long been used as a principle energy source in diets for growing finishing swine. Associated with the use of barley instead of corn is poorer feed efficiency due to the higher fiber content of barley. Barley contains more total protein than corn. However, reduction of soybean meal in the diet is limited because of the deficient lysine level in barley. The study reported herein was designed to evaluate diets balanced to be equal in lysine content and ranging in barley content from 0 to 100% of the grain.
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Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Libal, G. W.; Wahlstrom, R. C.; and Hanson, R., "Barley in Swine Finishing Diets" (1984). South Dakota Swine Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1984. 4.