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The feeding of large amounts of beet molasses to young hogs causes a condition that is characterized by a wobbly gait, and that is frequently fatal. Hog raisers have apparently recognized this condition for a number of years, since a number of farmers have reported it in their animals. Some farmers have also reported breeding failures and abortions when beet molasses was fed to brood sows. Consequently, beet molasses has not been considered a good hog feed by Utah raisers.

Beet molasses is a relatively cheap source of carbohydrates and could be used advantageously in pork production if the cause of the abnormal conditions described above could be discovered and controlled. This problem has been studied for several years at the Agricultural Experiment Station in Logan and the results are reported in this bulletin.



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