In most of the US and many parts of the world, corn is the largest single component of swine diets, providing the majority of the energy in the pig’s diet. However, adverse weather conditions often result in reduced corn quality due to late plantings, a cool growing season, drought, and/or early frost. This stressed corn is often severely docked at the elevator, so the corn producer has the options of marketing the corn through the elevator at a reduced price or marketing it through livestock in an attempt to add value to it. The goals of this factsheet are to help pork producers better understand the nutritional value of weather-stressed corn, how to determine if it’s economical to use, the potential of mycotoxin contamination, and how changes in bulk density affect feed mixing and transportation.
Utilizing Weather-Stressed Corn in Swine Diets
January 21, 2021
Four South Dakota pork production systems were recently recognized for their outstanding contributions to the state’s swine industry.
The term “porcine respiratory disease complex” reflects the multi-factorial nature of respiratory disease. Advances in diagnostic testing and research are shedding new light on the microbial pathogens involved in respiratory disease.
As the temperature drops, don’t forget to check on your stored grain. Although most of the South Dakota grain harvest was sufficiently dry this year, we still need to watch grain storage temperatures and conditions.