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    Hybrid Rye for Growing/Finishing Pigs

Hybrid Rye for Growing/Finishing Pigs

Why Hybrid Rye?

  • Similar standardized ileal digestible amino acids compared with corn
  • Improved total tract digestibility of phosphorus due to naturally high phytase levels
  • High content of fermentable dietary fibers including fructooligosaccharides which improve gut health
  • Increase production of butyrate, reduced pH in the large intestine, and proliferation of beneficial bacteria in the gut
  • SCFA’s derived from rye can boost gut immunity and reduce salmonella in gut wall attachment

Recommended Inclusion Levels

For maximum performance and efficiency hybrid rye can be included at up to 50% of the diet in finishing diets. Higher inclusion levels may be utilized without affecting growth; however, due to the lower ME content of hybrid rye, this typically results in increased feed intakes and decreased efficiency. Always test for ergot contamination when including high levels of hybrid rye in swine diets! Particle size should be between 500 and 600 microns and very fine particles should be avoided to prevent gut ulceration or respiratory problems from dusty feed.

Concentration of Digestible Amino Acids, %

Benefits to Animal Health and Performance

Hybrid rye can replace corn with minimal to no impact on performance, feed efficiency, carcass characteristics, and meat quality. In fact, the abundance of gut healthy fibers found in hybrid rye often lead to improvements in health.

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