Effects of Pelleting Growing-Finishing Diets with Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles (DDS) on Growth Performance, Carcass Characteristics, and Commercial Bacon Slicing Yields of Barrows and Gilts

M. F. Overholt, J. E. Lowell, E. K. Arkfeld, I. M. Grossman, H. H. Stein, A. C. Dilger, and D. D. Boler Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana 61801

Feeding pelleted feeds to swine is a very common practice. Not only are there benefits related to the physical characteristics, but there are also benefits related to nutrition. Research has demonstrated that feeding pelleted diets improved nutrient digestibility, feed efficiency and in some cases, average daily gain. However, some research has reported negative effects of pelleted diets on carcass quality. Furthermore, evaluating the effects on carcass and animal performance when feeding pelleted diets with a large amount of DDGS has not been investigated.

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