Further studies concerning the toxicity of ingested ergot sclerotia (Claviceps purpurea) to young and growing pigs.

@article{Whittemore1977FurtherSC,
  title={Further studies concerning the toxicity of ingested ergot sclerotia (Claviceps purpurea) to young and growing pigs.},
  author={Colin Trengove Whittemore and Jerome K. Miller and Peter George Mantle},
  journal={Research in veterinary science},
  year={1977},
  volume={22 2},
  pages={
          146-50
        }
}
In three experiments pigs were offered diets contaminated with milled ergot sclerotia. In a metabolism study 0-5 per cent (w/w) of American wheat ergot decreased urinary nitrogen losses and improved the efficiency of nitrogen retention. When early weaned piglets ingested a diet contaminated with 2-5 per cent of the ergot, feed intake was reduced and growth rate decreased. Reduction in growth rate was also evident in growing pigs given a diet containing ergotised English wheat. These latter pigs… CONTINUE READING