Current economical conditions-have forced swine producers to utilize available resources efficiently to reduce production cost. A major portion of the production cost in most swine enterprises may be attributed to obtaining, handling and processing feeds. Grains are utilized as a source of dietary energy and constitute a major portion of swine diets. Thus, the practice of evaluating all feed grains available in a given geographic area to determine the grains providing the most economical gains other than feeding only those grains raised by the individual producer is expected to increase. Producers must understand how grains differ in their nutritional and physical characteristics and have an appreciation for nutritional principles to utilize grains other than corn economically. The survey study reported herein was conducted to better understand the feed handling, mixing and nutritional practices used by South Dakota swine producers. From these results, more useful educational programs in swine nutrition management may be developed.
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Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Hamilton, C. Ross, "Nutrient Analysis of South Dakota Swine Feeds" (1985). South Dakota Swine Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1985. 14.