South Dakota has the distinction of ranking first in production of oats by states in the United States. Thus, there is a considerable amount of oats available for livestock feeding in South Dakota. Oats is higher in fiber and lower in energy than other cereal grains. The amount of oats that may be included in diets for growing-finishing swine without affecting performance is in the range of 20 to 50%, depending on the variety and quality of the oats. Research has also shown that pigs utilize fiber better in cold temperature than in warm temperatures.
The objective of this experiment was to evaluate two levels of oats in diets calculated to contain 13% protein, a level below that recommended for growing pigs.
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Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Wahlstrom, R. C. and Libal, G. W., "Oats for Growing-Finishing Swine" (1985). South Dakota Swine Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1985. 3.