Effects of Feeding Extruded Corn and Wheat Grain on Growth Performance and Digestibility of Amino Acids in Early-Weaned Pigs

  • Cho, W.T. (EK International Inc.) ;
  • Kim, Y.G. (Division of Animal Resources, Kangwon National University) ;
  • Kim, J.D. (Institute of Animal Science & Technology, Seoul National University) ;
  • Chae, B.J. (Division of Animal Resources, Kangwon National University) ;
  • Han, In K. (Department of Animal Science & Technology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Seoul National University)
  • Received : 2000.06.09
  • Accepted : 2000.09.04
  • Published : 2001.02.01


This study was conducted to evaluate the extruding effects of corn and wheat on growth performance and fecal digestibility of amino acids in early-weaned pigs. Ground corn and wheat by a hammer mill (3 mm screen in diameter) were extruded at $130{\pm}2^{\circ}C$ with a moist-type extruder ($Matador^{(R)}$). Treatments were: 1) 3 mm ground corn, 2) extruded corn, 3) 3 mm ground wheat, and 4) extruded wheat. A total of 160 pigs (14 d of age and $4.3{\pm}0.74kg$ BW) were allotted with the dietary treatments for a 21-d feeding trial. All diets were mash and contained 30% corn or wheat products. For a digestibility trial, 16 pigs (14-d old and $4.2{\pm}0.32kg$ BW) were employed in individual metabolic crates. There were no differences (p>0.15) in growth performance between corn-fed and wheat-fed groups. Feeding pigs diets containing extruded corn or wheat did not affect ADG (p>0.15) and ADFI (p>0.15), but it improved feed/gain (p<0.01). Also, feeding pigs diets containing extruded corn or wheat had lower true fecal digestibilities of arginine, histidine, isoleucine, lysine and valine (p<.007) in the pigs. In conclusion, our results suggest that extruding corn and wheat had no benefit on the growth of early-weaned pigs.


Corn;Wheat;Extrusion;Growth;Digestibility;Early-Weaned Pig