Originally Posted by Cashs Cowgirl
friend of mine who has been ranching all her life always fed their hogs straight corn the last 30 days. I plan to do the same.
I know a man who bought a top quality hog that weighed about 200 -210 # and brought it home and started feeding it nothing but corn, which was a big mistake the hog started loosing weight.
at 12 - 14 percent makes muscle and some fat which is what the hog had.
But the straight corn
has only 7 - 9 percent protein and straight corn on a hog that big will put on mostly fat.
Because the hog was raised on good protein and fat content it did real good at growing the best meat.
But the hog started loosing muscle and started putting on mostly fat.
Muscle weighs more than fat by volume
and the hog lost a lot of quality and had to much fat on the out side of the meat because of the straight corn fed.
Protein is what makes anything grow, and corn is used for fat which is needed in any good feed source in the right amounts.
Also changing feed to fast can causes problems sometimes.