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Ron/PA    Posted 01-11-2003 at 16:09:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Anyone heard of any problems with bedding pigs in oat straw? I'm out of wheat straw and just as I'm about to switch I heard a rumor.

egg lady    Posted 01-14-2003 at 10:08:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
The first time we raised pigs, we bedded them on oat straw, and they developed a red rash all over them. We were told that it was because pigs are sensitive to oat straw. Once we switched to wheat straw, the rash went away.....

Larry    Posted 01-11-2003 at 17:54:47       [Reply]  [No Email]

Pigs will sleep just about any place. One of the things I like to use for bedding is ground corn cobs. After I get done shelling a batch corn,I'll put the large holed screen in my feed mill and grind the cobs for use as bedding.

Ron/PA    Posted 01-11-2003 at 20:26:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanx Larry, I never thought of cob bedding, It might be a little harder to change screens on a hammermill, but I think there's some potential. I normally don't bed in Straw, untill it gets real cold, but this year we were long on straw and short on hay. I read an article, and then just heard some talk again today about an irritation, on pigs from oat straw. I've done it for years but thought perhaps I missed something for all those years.
Thanks for the ideas

Larry    Posted 01-12-2003 at 07:15:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Pigs like the straw just fine,but after it gets packed down over time it can be a pain to fork out. That's why wood chips(saw dust) or ground corn cobs works better.

Slo - if you're going to use sawdust    Posted 01-12-2003 at 10:26:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Make sure that there is NO Walnut dust in it! Walnut is toxic to many animals.

Larry    Posted 01-12-2003 at 10:44:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Walnut isn't toxic to hogs. I have three black walnut trees close to my hog lots. The sows would eat all the walnuts that fell on their side of the fence,hulls and all. In the fall when the leaves fall off the trees they eat them up as fast as they can get them.

Slo    Posted 01-12-2003 at 11:07:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm not sure about the Walnuts themselves, but I do know that the sawdust from Walnut trees is toxic to horses and cattle.

Ron/PA    Posted 01-11-2003 at 16:49:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanx guys, I just heard that it created a rash, and I couldn't believe it was true, cause I knew I used it before.

kraig WY    Posted 01-11-2003 at 16:42:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
They'll eat at it but again they will eat about anything. Don't hurt none though.

Joe    Posted 01-11-2003 at 16:40:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ron,I don't think there is any problem with oat straw or hay for hogs.Go to your browser and do a search for Swedish deep straw bedding for hogs , you will find more about straw bedding than you ever wanted to know.

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