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102 > Image 102 of Annual report. 1915

Part of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station

it ` _ J . 1 . - Yi 2 Distiller.? Dried Grains in Swine Feeding Operations. 9 5S _ iment. All the pigs had previously been vaccinated with the `_ S double treatment. . 11 V Each lot of pigs running on a forage crop was provided f- , with twoone-acre fields of pasture, and each field was fur- lt nished with troughs, water and shade. The three one-acre V ` lots to be used at first had been sown on May 26, 1914, with _ rape and oats at the rate of five pounds of rape and two 5 { J bushels of oats per acre. After this crop was sown, the d- country suffered from a severe drouth so that the crop did . ifi Us _ not make the growth it would have made under more favor- as able conditions. The crop received only two good rains up s l j` gs to the time the pigs were turned on it. However, as the gd oats and rape grew rapidly, it was deemed advisable to turn IQ gd - the pigs on the pasture. There was a considerable amount _ d- of Aindrdnthus retroflexus, or pigweed, in these iields . yl- which the pigs ate greedily as soon as they were turned on yi ns l pasture. The second three oneacre plots of pasture were ly- sown to rape at the rate of ten pounds per acre on July 23, ;a _ 1914. Owing to the drouth, the seed was late in germinat- ifi] ist ing, and from appearances a goodly number of the seeds ,n- never did germinate. Pigweeds were fairly abundant in th these pastures. in The dry lot in which one lot was fed contained one-tenth Yi of an acre. By dry lot" we mean a lot devoid of forage _ crops. Shade was furnished by placing boards upon tempo- 791 rary props and leaning one end of the boards against the he ` Q fence. Water was furnished from the city water works. rk- The troughs for feeding were so constructed that no pig m, could gain access to the feed until it had all been placed in ion the troughs, and were also divided into sections, the par- nd titions reaching within six inches of the bottom, thus pre- _ ice l venting crowding and pushing while the pigs were eating. roc The free space below the partitions allowed an equal distri- eld bution of the feed. ` >rH On July 1, 1914, the pigs were put on experiment and those res T lots to run on forage crops were placed in pastures consisting el"- of oats and rape. The plants at this period were about Six i iii