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A Progress Report...Evaluation of "Pigeon Grass" Screenings as a Component of Rations for Growing-Finishing Pigs

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Title: A Progress Report...Evaluation of "Pigeon Grass" Screenings as a Component of Rations for Growing-Finishing Pigs
Author: Harrold, R. L.; Johnson, J. N.; Dinusson, W. E.
Description: Weed seeds remain a "commodity" for which some means of disposal must be found after harvest. Where suitable for the specific weed seeds involved, fine grinding (to destroy viability of the seed) and subsequent use in livestock rations remains one of the most desirable options for North Dakota small grain producers. Salvage value for weed seeds has been obtained in this manner for many years, yet little actual information is available concerning the true worth of weed seeds in livestock rations. The article focuses upon a series of swine and rat experiments reported which were intended to permit the evaluation of yellow foxtail ("pigeon grass") screenings in the rations of growing-finishing pigs. Weather encountered during the 1974 cropping season was difficult for cereal grain production but appeared to promote the growth of weeds. Several farmers suggested that their harvest of weed seeds exceeded the amount of small grain combined. Yellow foxtail I"pigeon grass"l was harvested in large quantities and frequently could be cleaned from the grain in nearly pure form. While analytical data are available, information concerning the actual feeding value of "pigeon grass" creenings was lacking. The data reported here provided information concerning the feeding value of"pigeon grass" for growing finishing swine.
Date: 1975
Subject: Swine
Feeds
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/9730

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