Although the reproductive performance of the sows Producing L0w-COSt Eggs
fed the greater amounts of feed was slightly better (Continued from page 5)
s '*· than that of the other group of sows, both groups far- _
It rowed very satisfactory litters. It was noted that the the latter by 1.5 pounds. The grarn—bo11emeal—fed
a sows fed 2 pounds of feed each day farrowed a higher pullets were underdeveloped and underweight when
percentage of strong pigs and a smaller percentage housed, and about 2 months were required for them
é» of medium and weak pigs than did the sows fed 4 to bu1ld up their body weight and to get rnto full
pounds of feed daily. production. Once they were into full production they
WF   generally outlayed the pullets which had received
- e . . . .
3,   mash and gram and also maintained a higher pro-
. Number of sows {bred   .....................   lg duction rate for a longer period. The majority of their
_ Number of sows arrowe .................... _, · _ · ,, _ . ,·
Av. gain per sow, lb   652 85.8 eggs came, however, rn late wrnttr and sp1n1g whe11
*5 Av. number pigs farrowed .................... 10.1   ]_)1'1C€S were lowest.
AV- “E““b“ l‘V" Plgs f*}“°W"d ·····‘‘·‘‘‘‘   s` As for vearly production, there was little difference ’
, Av. birth weight per prg, lb ................ 2.10 ....71 ~ _
Q Total feed consumed per sow, lb ........ 188.20 :362.20 between the two groups of l)11'(lS. The first year there
Total feed COSVPQY SF"’X° ···········’‘‘‘‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ $ 668 $12:7,4 was a difference of 6.5 percent in favor of the birds
Y   1 1 _ . 1 _1 I _ , I 1 __ V _
t ° Gestatiqn sow rfrtitirr cost $3.50 per cwt. Cost of the pasture \\'21S Slat   {CCB?/ec {HRS 1 ¢lH(lg1F·1E, )Ut t U5 W3 1€"
Mt fffchffltff iff rw GM °°$*· ucec to ess tran percent tre o owing year. rere
s . _ _ was also little difference between them in respect to
It rs apparent from these data that good pasture _ _ . __
. . » rnortalrty and the amount of feed required to produce
can replace an economically important amount of .1 dozen Of 6 gs
Q Ul'3111 and supplement needed by the brood sow dur- ` g `_ _
‘? t t. T1. . Of Eve I now im wrt mw to These results rndrcate that although pullets can be
f ‘· . ns rs 1 1 · z ‘ . · . . .
1 1.1% g€S   101] . . . I raised at a cheaper feed cost by using a snnphHed
s farmers rn areas where lrttle grarrr IS produced. By g f I t1_ l Ot b CO 10 ni luv bound b
. . ran e eet ns mz v 11 e e· 1 1 cz ‘ e-
·k' f (.1 1 se of Jasture for the brood sow , ` · _ * .
5 ma me mfm H vm U I . _ cause fewer eggs are produced (lllflllg the rnorrths of
' herd and putting the more expensive concentrates _ _— _ _
. . . __ high egg prices. Better results nnght be obtained
ll]tO growing pigs, Hlkllly Kentucky hog producers can _ _ _ _. _
';» ’ .. . . _ . when sim Jlrfied 1`H1] e rations are used rf the brrds
1 S
· become more competitive with hog producers 111 grarrr
1 5 A had access to 2111 excellent range. such as one con-
; str us area`. . . . .
fi lp srstrng of ladrno clover or other good legurne.
L
_ Another problem studied at the same time at the
*. Robinson Substation was whether prodrrction-bred
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    New Harnpslrire pullets required ·r higher percentage
    protein concentrate than the usual 20-percent mash
*   —·  _;·:_,i¤>¤_  _,.-   .¤ 5   fed \Vl1€11 the free-choice method was used. Two
d l ` ·· f `“ ·?..‘ri$?lQrj" `fif `Z4 groups of pullets that had been fed an 18-percent
_ Q y ,   .g  _   range mash and free-choice grain ration were se ectet
v   if    nr _   A and divided into two yens of an yroximatcl 100 each
  °`‘‘‘ ..   .,.1a   _,_, ' __ .     .1  .-.. ·  _—,..   when thev were about 20 weeks old. Both groups
· · *   ‘ 1* ` . I 7** .. - f Jil`  r . { . . ·
[ s     _? `, _·_— .   Q. .·¤·’   received a whole corn and oat grarn mixture free-
.4* »2* A ·;_ vg, i   jd;  ,,'_I   _   choice, while one was fed a 20-percent laying mash
‘ 4 ·*'f`i‘¤ " »· A f *       ·1nd the other ·1 06-percent mash
Y "·‘,• ·’ A   f " "   Maz *   No ·rdv·rnt·r fe · ‘ ‘l ` f· f ‘ ftl A Of`- ‘‘·* * t
.   . 1 1 . . . ( gt. was s rown rn ax or o 1c -1 pcrccn
r Y ` l ··' -` ' K . · . .
* »‘ ·     _ »   \ . \ `~ I ~ mash llllflllg the two full laying years the experiment
.. an i Q M i L A`   M   was conducted. For the first vcar eff iroduction
p ,  .4;   o .   1
` " · F        'if ,..‘ , was 55.8 percent for the birds getting 20-percent mash
I * if "  · ‘ ` A   and 55.7 for those receiving the 26-percent mash. The
The dry fall did not prevent UK Experiment Station second yearfs figures were 54.1 and 55.() percent, re-
d workers from testing some 20 varieties of red clover SP€CtiV(.]y_ Thl. P(.1.c(.“mgC mortality and Pounds of
f *0 W f·*=··2·f_f‘€f·f*=··f* ··· · ·‘··   f··‘·· f- f*'~··· *°—$’°*’ rear 1·.·q1.r1-111 per frm. orare. we ..1.m.r are .1.....t
])l2lI][S WVCYC I]`I`lgRi[C(l OI'] El qll2lI`[Cl`-2l(`I`C ])l()L   l\()]`· _ , , , - .
g mm Twlm. is shown here mgulmmg il Sprinkle]. The pullets receiving the higher protein feed did con-
7 .. .. ' ` sume more total Jrotein. but it was 11ot reficcted in
mlxt. 1
the results obtained.
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A Kewrucxr ITARBI AND Hoxrr; ScrENcra—FALL 1955 9
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