Production remains extremely important in our swine industry today. In the past 5-10 years, there has been an increase in the usage of white breeds in swine herds. The white or mother breeds are noted for their increased productivity; however, a question has stirred as to the feeding regime of these productive females. This question is important as feed costs are the major portion of operating expenses for the hog producers. Little controlled research has been conducted in the United States to establish the caloric intake requirement of the white sows during gestation. The National Research Council (NRC, 1979) lists the energy requirement of the bred sow and gilt as 6.1 Meal of. digestible energy (DE) or 5.8 Meal of metabolizable energy (ME) daily. This recommendation is largely based on research with traditional 3-way crossbred sows. Great Britain swine researchers in the 1960's and United States researchers Frobish and workers (1966) were the last to evaluate the effect of gestation energy on strictly white sows. To help answer the current concerns of white sow nutrition, this research project was designed to study the influence of gestation energy on Large White x Landrace sow productivity.
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Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Hoppe, M. K.; Libal, G. W.; and Wahlstrom, R. C., "Influence of Gestation Energy on Large White x Landrace Sow Productivity" (1985). South Dakota Swine Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1985. 13.