Field pea can be used as an alternative starch and protein source for swine. Scientists from Canada and Germany conducted a study to investigate the growth performance of weaned pigs fed processed field pea.
From the study it appears that weaned pigs fed 400g field pea/kg diet in substitution of soybean meal (SBM) could maintain growth performance.
The field pea was processed in different ways to explore the effect of processing. Field peas were ground (4.0-mm sieve), then either cold-pelleted (70–75 °C), steam-pelleted (80–85 °C) or extruded (115 °C) and then re-ground (3.2-mm sieve).
In the study 236 pigs (weaned at 20 days of age) were housed in 60 pens in 4 rooms and fed 1 of 5 diets starting 2 weeks post-weaning [initial body weight (BW): 10 kg] for 3 weeks. The 5 different diets included 400g per kg raw, cold-pelleted, steam-pelleted or extruded field pea replacing 300 g soybean meal (SBM) and 100 g wheat grain and were formulated to provide 10.0 MJ net energy (NE)/kg and 12.1 g standardised ileal digestible lysine/kg.
Field peas as a protein source for dairy cows
What is the effect of a partial substitution of soybean meal and corn grain with field peas in dairy cow diets? Researchers carried out some studies.
This study was published in the Journal of Animal Feed Science and Technology