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.
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.
pigs 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.
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.
The results 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 pigs
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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