An increase in the use of rye has been clearly noticeable again for some time. A major driving factor is the saving of feed costs. The price differences between wheat/barley and rye are between 20 to 30 Euros/t. In terms of feeding value this price difference is far too big offering a leverage to save considerable cost in pig fattening.
Benefits for Animal Feeding
Saving feeding costs
Protecting the environment and improving animal health
Improved livestock and fertiliser balance
Environmental and animal welfare are current issues and therefore it is worthwhile to have a closer look at the rye’s components:
Nowadays, more than ever performance orientated feeding takes fibre into account as part of the diet formulation and uses it to optimise compound feed. Fibre is less important to the animal as an energy and nutrient supplier but as a gut filler and substrate for benign microbes in the digestive tract. It helps to establish a favourable gut flora and improves intestinal health. Rye provides more dietary fibre than any other cereal and therefore has a beneficial effect on animal welfare
Rye is an energy-rich grain crop that contains relatively little nitrogen and, with 3.0 %, has the highest lysine content in total protein and highly digestible phosphorus predestining rye for N- and P-reduced final fattening feed mixtures. If pigs take up less crude protein and phosphorus their metabolism and organs are less stressed improving the animal’s health. At the same time a better feed conversion reduces the amount of produced slurry which also contains less N and P. The latter is especially interesting for farmers with a high stocking rate and little land – less slurry has to be disposed of elsewhere.