Field peas are usually not included in diets for nursery pigs in the US. However, European and Canadian data suggest that field peas may be included in diets for nursery pigs without compromising pig performance (Stefanyshyn et al., 1999). So far, only little research has been conducted in the US to evaluate the effect of including field peas in diets for nursery pigs. Landblom and Poland (1996) reported decreased pig performance if 30 to 50% field peas were included in phase 1 diets for nursery pigs. However, working with extruded peas, they reported no detrimental effects of feeding 20% peas if the inclusion was restricted to the second phase of the nursery period. Due to the relatively low cost of field peas, any inclusion of field peas will result in a decrease in the overall diet cost. Therefore, the current experiment was conducted to determine if field peas might be included in the phase 2 diets for nursery pigs.
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Stein, H.H., "Field Peas can be Included in the Phase 2 Diet for Nursery Pigs
Without Adverse Effects on Pig Performance" (2002). South Dakota Swine Research Report, 2001. 6.