Pretreatment of Feed Ingredients to Enhance Value
Grains are typically harvested at <15% moisture to maintain quality during storage. When harvested at >15%, artificial drying may be employed but this increases cost. Low-quality high-moisture grains may also be preserved by acidification. These experiments were conducted with the overall objective of determining whether the benefits of acidification on performance and gut health of weanling pigs are maintained when the acid is presented as acid-preserved high-moisture grain. Results indicate that feeding acidified high-moisture wheat or barley to weanling pigs gave similar performance to feeding acidified diets providing an additional strategy for producers to utilize low quality grains.
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