When wheat replaces another cereal grain such as corn or sorghum grain for swine, consideration must be given to nutrient content of wheat as compared to the other grains.
Wheat is equal in energy to sorghum grain but slightly lower than corn. Wheat is also normally higher in crude protein and essential amino acids than corn or sorghum grain. Calcium and phosphorus content of wheat is also higher than usually found in corn or sorghum grain and recent data suggests that phosphorus availability in wheat is slightly higher. The higher lysine and phosphorus level in wheat makes it necessary to feed a supplement that is especially designed for feeding with wheat if producers wish to take advantage of the higher lysine and phosphorus in wheat.
Wheat can be used successfully in swine diets. It is equal in energy to sorghum grain but slightly lower than corn. It is normally higher in crude protein and essential amino acids than corn or sorghum grain.
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