Die Bodenkultur - Journal for Land Management, Food and Environment
R. LEITGEB, K. FEICHTINGER, E. LAFER, W. EIBENSTEINER and F. LETTNER:
Use of peas for feeding piglets and breeding sows
In a feeding trial with breeding sows and piglets the use of 10, 20 and 30 % peas, respectively, in compound feed was investigated. Peas were used instead of soya and barley. To non- and lowpregnant sows 2.5 kg compound feed and 1 kg hay was fed. Piglets and sucking sows were fed ad libitum. The daily feed intake of sucking sows was between 4 and 5.5 kg.
10 % peas had a positive effect on the number of born and reared piglets.
20 % peas had an indifferent and 30 % peas had a more or less negative effect on the number of born and reared piglets and also on the daily gains in the sucking and rearing period. If 20 % or higher proportions of peas for piglets and sows are used, a supplementation of methionine would be recommended.
Key-words: piglet, breeding sow, peas, fertility.