University of Illinois: Feeding Pigs Rice Bran

Rice bran is a byproduct of milling white rice. Since rice is the third-most commonly grown cereal in the world, it comes as no surprise that rice bran is readily available and in quite large quantities, too. According to, researchers from the University of Illinois Extension recently conducted a study about the effects of feeding rice bran to pigs.

The study covered its effect on the growth of growing-finishing pigs and how it impacts the quality of both meat and carcass. Hans H. Stein, who is a professor at the University of Illinois’ Department of Animal Sciences, conducted the research with his team. The study lasted for 97 days using 224 barrows and gilts. The program focused on the grower, early finisher, and late finisher diets.

While they did not observe any effects related to carcass characteristics, Stein said there was a significant difference in the meat quality. The pigs fed rice bran showed marked changes in protein, fat percentage, and also marbling.

Stein hopes that the information will be of use to producers and feed companies to “make more informed choices about the use of rice bran in swine diets.” You will find the link to the full article here. Click here to read the abstract of this study.

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