Animal Science Department


Date of this Version

January 1999


Published in 1999 Nebraska Swine Report, compiled by Duane E. Reese, Associate Professor and Extension Swine Specialist, Department of Animal Science. Prepared by the staff in Animal Science and cooperating Departments for use in Extension, Teaching and Research programs. Published by Cooperative Extension Division, Agricultural Research Division, and Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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A feasibility analysis on the growing and feeding of high-oil corn (HOC) to pigs was conducted. The cost to produce HOC is about 25 to 32 cents per bushel higher than for normal corn (NC), primarily due to 7 to 10 percent yield reduction for HOC. Diets made with HOC contain between 1.5 and 3 percent additional fat. Therefore, feed efficiency should be improved, on average, by 3 to 6 percent when HOC is substituted for NC. In most cases, daily gain should improve by 0 to 3 percent with HOC in the diet. High-oil corn grown in central Nebraska during 1997 averaged 6.2 percent oil (12 percent moisture). When HOC (6.2 percent oil) is used to replace NC in growing-finishing pig diets, it is worth 21 to 25 cents more than NC, assuming NC and 44 percent protein soybean meal cost $2.50 per bushel and $250 per ton, respectively. When NC and soybean meal cost $2 per bushel and $200 per ton, HOC is worth 17 to 20 cents more than NC. If HOC is used to replace animal or vegetable fat in pig diets, it is worth about 40 cents per bushel more than NC, if supplemental fat costs 20 cents per pound. The only economic benefit given to HOC was an increase in feed efficiency. These results suggest no current economic incentive for producers to grow and feed HOC.