Inclusion of corn germ in swine diets can reduce diet costs, depending on the local cost of corn germ and other ingredients. Recent research conducted at the University of Illinois indicates that corn germ can be included at up to 30 percent in diets fed to growing pigs.
"In previous research, we had seen that pigs do very well on diets containing 10 percent corn germ, so we wanted to investigate if higher inclusion rates can be used," said Hans Stein, professor of animal sciences at Illinois.
The first yield corn and soybean yield estimates based on pod and kernel counts in the field will be coming out on August 10, said University of Illinois crop sciences professor Emerson Nafziger. Producers, buyers, and sellers will be examining these numbers closely.
Phosphorus is a vital nutrient for pig growth, but
pigs do not always digest it well. Research conducted at the University of
Illinois has determined how adding various levels of the enzyme phytase to the
diet improves how pigs digest the phosphorus in four different feed
ingredients. Improving phosphorus digestibility has positive implications for
producers' bottom lines as well as for the environment.
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