Person: James Frantzen

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Organic hogs typically grow slower
and are less efficient than conventional
hogs. High-fiber diets high in small
grains are common in organic production
but may be less efficient compared
to corn-soybean diets.
• Tom Frantzen and family fed groups of
similar hogs either an organic cornbased
diet or a small grain diet where
succotash replaced corn.
• Small grain-fed hogs grew less quickly
and efficiently, but carcass price per lb
was similar between diet groups, and
feed price per lb was less for the small
grain diet.
KEY FINDINGS
• Feed consumption and cost was
greater for small grain-fed hogs, while
weight gain was lower.
• Small grain-fed hog carcasses were
slightly smaller but of comparable
quality to corn-fed hog carcasses.
• Hog feed is a viable use for small
grains produced in organic crop rotations,
as it is low-cost and produces
comparable finished carcasses to cornfed
hogs.

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