Barley samples from Allamakee County were used in a swine feeding study. Pigs fed a barley-corn and soybean meal (SBM) diets containing up to 0.18% ergot (1.62 ppm ergot alkaloids) performed similarly to pigs fed a basal corn-SBM diet. In general, the level of ergot contamination in the final diets was insufficient to depress the performance of growing and finishing pigs.
Iowa State University
Holden, Palmer J. and Zimmerman, Dean R., "Effect of Ergot-Contaminated Barley on GrowingFinishing Pig Performance" (1998). Swine Research Report, 1997. 6.