Study into distillers grains affect on hog growth
In studies conduction by the Kansas State University found that feeding dried
distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) to nursery and grow-finish hogs had
variable effects on growth performance.
A study conducted on grow-finish hogs had three different
1,050 pigs with an average beginning weight of 104.9 pounds and lasted 28
were fed diets either 0 or 15% DDGS and 0, 3 or 6% added fat.
with an average weight of 102.1 pounds were divided into groups and fed diets
with either 0, 10, 20 or 30% DDGS for 56 days.
21 days and used a total of 120 grower pigs with an average initial weight of
48.7 pounds. The pigs were randomly put into different pens, each containing
four feeders to determine if pigs would selectively prefer to consume diets with
0, 10, 20 and 30% DDGS.
suggest that DDGS from the plants evaluated in this study can be included in the
diet of commercial and finishing pigs at 10-15% without decreasing performance.
Study on nursery
A 22-day study conducted on nursery pigs evaluating DDGS from a different
ethanol manufacturing facility from that in the grow-finish
482 pigs with an average initial weight of 21.9 pounds were
randomly allotted to one of two dietary treatments. The corn-soybean meal based
diets contained either 0 or 10% DDGS.
The results of the study showed
that nursery pigs fed 10% DDGS were on average 1.5 pounds lighter at the end of
the 22 day period - meaning that pigs fed DDGS were about $0.54 less
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