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    Hybrid Rye – a high quality feed!

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Hybrid rye – a high quality feed!

In Denmark, Germany, Russia, Poland and Spain, rye is already rapidly becoming an established component of pig rations. KWS in partnership with farmers and feed experts are now extending hybrid rye uptake in the USA and Canada with strong interest in what rye can offer.

Key advantages for monogastric feed - pigs:

  • Rye can be fed as meal, liquid or pellet based feed; It is high in dietary fibre which promotes satiety, gut health and calm behaviour
  • Rye can boost energy supply at farrowing; Arabinoxylan levels in rye far exceed wheat, this is converted to butyrate in the animals hind gut
  • Rye is 2 – 3 % lower in crude protein than wheat; This leads to less nitrogen in the slurry > good for animals and the environment
  • High straw yields; Straw provision acts as a novel stimuli & helps reduce aggression
  • Fit for the future; Under the UK’s new agricultural bill rye delivers nitrogen and agrochemical savings without compromising yields

Sow ration - Rye benefits gestation, farrowing & lactation:

  • Gestation: Rye boosts satiety – reduces stress, fighting over feed & lowers obesity risk
  • Shorter Farrowing Duration: Arabinoxylan in rye is converted to butyrate in the hind gut. Butyrate helps raise energy supply at a time of reduced feed intake
  • Lactation: Butyrate from the hind gut fermentation of rye helps increase colostum quality & IgG and IgA (maternal antibody) levels

Finisher ration - Rye can boost gut health:

  • Reduce feed costs: Rye is a low input, high yielding cereal – diet inclusions (of upto 70%) give maximum return on feed costs
  • Behaviour: Rye raises satiety levels and leads to less tail biting & fighting over feed
  • (SCFA)s*: from rye boost gut microflora, reducing salmonella gut wall attachment
  • Less gut ulceration: Rye demands more active chewing & saliva uptake – this reduces feed acidity upon stomach entry

*Short Chain Fatty Acids


DCA - Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture - Aarhus University 2013.

Impact of physical form of animal diets - Kamphues 2018. Grone et al 2020.

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