Feeding grain sorghum
Why feeding grain sorghum?
Advantages grain sorghum for pig fattening
High feed acceptance
High level of nutrients
High energy levels
High average daily gain
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Compared to typical fodder plants, sorghum has higher feasibility in almost all diets. This is reflected in its 86% digestibility of dry matter and a high content of water-soluble vitamins.
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With its high energy content sorghum can be equated with corn. The energy content of the two crops is between 96% and 98%.
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In addition to higher crude protein content, sorghum is richer in tryptophan. Trypthophan is beneficial in pork and poultry feeding. The need of tryptophan increases with the age of the animals.
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The high amount of available phosphorus leads to higher phosphor digestibility and lower leaching into nature, in comparison to other cereals.
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Sorghum can be used in all phases of pig breeding. For a better digestion of sorghum, it has to be milled.
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Sorghum must not be milled as poultry feed. However, it is possible to use whole sorghum grains as feed or pellets. Therefore, providing possible cost savings.
Grain sorghum - A good alternative to corn
Grain sorghum is a good replacement for corn and can take up to 50% of the feeding ration. In direct comparison the two cultures differ not far from each other. Grain sorghum even surpasses corn in the content of different substances like dry matter, neutral detergent fibre (NDF) or digestible phosphorous.
|Dry Matter (%)||89,4||88,3|
|Digestible Energy (kcal/kg)||3.380||3.525|
|Crude Protein (%)||9,4||8,2|
|Crude Fat (%)||3,4||3,5|
|Crude Fiber (%)||2,1||2,0|
|Digestible Phosphorus (%)||0,108||0,088|
|Linoleic Acid (%)||47,3||55,8|
|Saturated fatty Acids (%)||19,1||17,9|
Source: Goodband, 2012