corn, high amylase corn, meal, pellets, pig


A total of 288 pigs (DNA 241 × 600; initially 117 lb) were used in a 72-d trial to evaluate the influence of Enogen Feed corn (Enogen, Syngenta Seeds, LLC; Downers Grove, IL) and conventional yellow dent corn in pelleted or meal diets on finishing pig performance and carcass characteristics. Pigs were randomly assigned to pens (8 pigs per pen) and pens were allotted by weight to 1 of 4 dietary treatments in a randomized complete block design with 9 pens per treatment. Treatments were arranged in a 2 × 2 factorial with main effects of corn source (Enogen Feed corn or conventional yellow dent) and diet forms (meal or pellet). Overall, from d 0 to 72, there was a tendency (P<0.10) for a difference between corn source for average daily gain (ADG) and feed efficiency (F/G) with slightly improved performance for pigs fed conventional yellow dent corn. When diets were fed as pellets, ADG was increased (P=<0.001) and F/G was improved (P= 0.001) compared to pigs fed meal diets. In summary, feeding pellets to pigs increased ADG and improved feed efficiency with no major differences between corn sources on growth performance.


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