Wheat can be used as a replacement for all or part of the corn or milo in swine diets. Like most ingredients, there are advantages and disadvantages to using wheat.

Wheat contains approximately 30 percent more lysine and more than three times the amount of available phosphorous than either corn or milo. So, if you add wheat in place of corn or milo you can reduce the amount of supplemental soybean meal and inorganic phosphorous. A wheat-based finishing diet will require about 100 pounds per ton less soybean meal and one-third the amount of dicalcium or monocalcium phosphate than a traditional finishing diet, according to swine nutritionists at Kansas State University.

Because of the greater lysine content, you can afford to feed wheat, even if it is a little more expensive than corn or milo. A general rule is wheat can be an economical alternative to corn or milo, as long as wheat is priced no more than 30 cents per hundredweight higher than the other feeds.