Acknowledgements: Funding for these studies was provided by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and ethanol plants in Minnesota and South Dakota.
A study was conducted to evaluate the effects of social familiarity and initial BW variation at mixing on performance and welfare of pigs born to group-housed lactating sows. A total of 180 pigs from 24 litters were used in a random design with 4 treatments in a 2 x 2 (social familiarity x initial BW uniformity) factorial arrangement. Pigs were born in… (More)
Currently, the recommended maximum inclusion rate of distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in grow-finish swine diets is 10%. However, previous studies conducted at the University of Minnesota have shown that DDGS produced from new ethanol plants in the MN-SD region has higher nutrient levels and digestibility than reported in NRC (1998). Therefore,… (More)
Two studies were conducted to assess the energy content of low-solubles distillers dried grains (LS-DDG) and their effects on growth performance, carcass characteristics, and pork fat quality in grow-finish pigs. In Exp. 1, 24 barrows (Yorkshire-Landrace × Duroc; 80 to 90 d of age) in 2 successive periods were assigned to 1 of 6 dietary treatments. In… (More)
An experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of dietary crude glycerol in lactating sow diets on sow and litter performance under heat stress conditions. Mixed parity (range = 0 to 13) sows (n = 345; 253 +/- 24 kg of BW) were assigned randomly within gestation housing location and parity to 1 of 4 dietary treatments. Treatments consisted of a… (More)
Fibrous feeds traditionally have not been used for nonruminants due to their documented depression of diet digestibility in pigs and poultry. However, some types of fiber and fiber sources do not exert such negative effects on nutrient digestibility in older growing pigs and sows. Dietary fiber can have positive effects on gut health, welfare, and… (More)
Some sources of DDGS contain relatively high amounts of oxidized lipids produced from PUFA peroxidation during the production process. These oxidized lipids may negatively affect growth performance and metabolic oxidation status of pigs. The objective of this study was to understand the effects of feeding corn-soybean meal diets (CON) or diets containing… (More)
Intestinal morphology and serum acute phase protein and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) concentrations were measured to determine the effectiveness of corn distillers solubles by-products as potential replacements for carbadox and porcine plasma in diets for early-weaned pigs. Barrows (n=560; 5.06 kg) were blocked by initial weight, and randomly… (More)