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Image 57 of Annual report. 1914

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40 Twenty-seventh Annual Report of the of Lot 2 were satisfactory, but they were not as good as the · gains of Lot 3, where corn meal was supplemented with ‘ distillers’ dried grains. The results of this experiment show that distillers’ dried grains is not well relished by the hog, t and that it is not as satisfactory a feed for hogs on pasture as is corn alone, or a mixture of corn meal five parts and distillers’ dried grains one part. Distillers’ dried grains make a very good supplement to corn, in the proportion mentioned, in the feeding of hogs in the dry lot. 7 · As there were many farmers who sold their wheat last fall as low as 75 cents a bushel, this department conducted an experiment to determine the value of wheat as a feed for pigs, as well as to determine the best form in which it may be fed. Lot 1, consisting of ten pigs, was fed whole wheat soaked for twenty-four hours; Lot 2, consisting of nine pigs, was fed ground wheat dry; Lot 3, consisting of ten pigs, was fed ground wheat soaked for twelve hours; and Lot 4, consisting of ten pigs, was fed ground wheat fourteen parts, T and digester tankage one part, soaked for twelve hours. These pigs averaged 105 pounds, and were fed in the dry lot for a period of seventy days. The whole wheat waspurchased at 80 cents a bushel, and the ground wheat at 86 cents a bushel. All the pigs in this experiment were sold in Lexing- ton at $8.50 per hundredweight. The pigs receiving whole wheat soaked for twenty-four hours made an average daily gain of 1.5 pounds, requiring 425.8 pounds of wheat for each hundred pounds of gain; estimating pork at $8.50 per hundred- weight. each bushel of wheat fed this lot realized $1.19. The lot of hogs receiving ground wheat dry made an average daily gain of 1.72 pounds, producing 16.02 pounds of pork for each bushel of wheat eaten. The wheat fed the pigs in this lot realized $1 36 a bushel. The lot receiving ground wheat soaked for twelve hours made an average daily gain of 1.68 pounds, producing 15.65 pounds of pork for each bushel of wheat eaten. Wheat fed these pigs realized $1.33 a bushel. The lot receiving ground wheat fourteen parts and digester tank- age one part. soaked for twelve hours. made an average daily gain of 1.78 pounds, producing 16.69 pounds of pork

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