High-Oil Oat Groats for Weaned Pigs
The interest for weaned pigs of oat groats with high oil content was evaluated. The groats contained 95 g oil, 159 g crude protein and 3.72 Mcal DE/kg DM. Weaned pigs fed for 4 weeks (7 to 22 kg) with diets containing graded levels (0, 15, 30, 45%) of oat groats, incorporated at the expense of wheat (85%) and soybean meal (15%), presented average daily gains similar to those obtained with wheat. In conclusion, high-oil oat groats can replace wheat in diets for weaned pigs when cost relationships are favourable to do so.