Topic: Discussion Board - Re: hog and chicken feed
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Figure the average weight of a loaf of bread is one pound and bread is roughly 30% moisture, this means on a dry matter basis bread @ 10 cents per loaf costs $285.00 per ton and @ 15 cents per loaf it would be $427.00 per ton, conversely, corn @ 12% moisture would have to be priced @ $7.20 per bushel to equal 10 cents per loaf bread and at $10.50 per bushel to equal 15 cents per loaf bread. In addition, bread has approximately 75% of the feed value (energy) as corn so it takes 25% more feed (dry matter basis) to equal corn, bread would have to be fiber and mineral supplemented but the protein needed to balance the ration with bread would be approximately the same as with corn. It would not be economical hog feed on any commercial scale, if you are feeding a few killer hogs and the bread is easier for you to get and handle than corn then it would probably make sense. The same feed values would apply to chickens but limited bread feeding to a laying flock may improve overall feed intake and egg production because chickens really love bread.
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