Evaluation of the use of wheat in nursery pig diets
Bloxham, Darlene Janette
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The objective of these experiments was to determine if wheat could substitute for corn and if wheat could be used in combination with corn dried distillers grain with and without the use a commercial enzyme in nursery pig diets. This project was done in two studies. The results of the first experiment showed that wheat could be substituted for corn with similar growth performance. A 40% wheat diet had increased body weight gain and better feed intake compared to a corn diet. Nitrogen digestibility increased with increasing amounts of wheat in the diet. Phosphorus digestibility was higher for wheat based diets than for corn diets. Experiment 2 showed that wheat can be combined with corn DDGS with an increase in body weight compared to a corn diet, however there was no effect when enzyme was added. Results indicate that wheat can be used instead of corn in phase 2 and phase 3 nursery diets. Wheat can also be used in combination and with corn DDGS in phase 2 and phase 2 nursery diets. Enzyme did not appear to be effective in phase 2 and phase 3 nursery diets.