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 Post subject: Can pigs eat oats?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:46 am 
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I've just been asked if pigs can eat oats without causing themselves any harm? I've never had pigs, and I don't know the answer to the question.
I'm sure they would eat them given the chance. But should they?

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Ragwort wrote:
I've just been asked if pigs can eat oats without causing themselves any harm? I've never had pigs, and I don't know the answer to the question.
I'm sure they would eat them given the chance. But should they?


Not more than about 1/4 of the diet. Too much and you wouldn't want to stand behind them if they coughed. Good for sows about to farrow.


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Ragwort wrote:
I've just been asked if pigs can eat oats without causing themselves any harm? I've never had pigs, and I don't know the answer to the question.
I'm sure they would eat them given the chance. But should they?


Not more than about 1/4 of the diet. Too much and you wouldn't want to stand behind them if they coughed. Good for sows about to farrow.

Thanks for that Mac. I don't think they'll be farrowed. It's a smallholder who's fattening a pair up for his own consumption.
I just don't have a clue.

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For a whole paper on the subject:

The Value of Oats in the Nutrition of Swine
by HE Woodman R E Evans & A W Menzies-kitchin
The Institute for the Study of Animal Nutrition, University of Cambridge - 2009

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/di ... id=4727700

That link might not work outside of the Cambridge domain, so their conclusions were:
a) oats aren't as good as maize or barley, but quite usable
b) you're OK feeding oats & hay with nothing else.
c) whole or coarse ground oats aren't digested very well (Mac's point I think, from the other end so to speak) but they should get around 90% of the energy even with whole oats.


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a bit like feeding whole oats to cattle,
you can do it and they'll absorb most of the energy but some of it will go straight through :P

when we had a few pigs years ago we used to feed them rolled barley but soak it 24 hrs in advance
if we soaked the barley with anti biotic milk the pigs got really fat and tasted especially nice :D

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