The results of a new study on the effects of Paylean may offer some insight for pork producers looking to improve efficiency when marketing to a set weight. While the benefits of feeding Paylean in short-on-space scenarios have been well documented, until now no study has examined Paylean’s impact from a “fixed-weight” standpoint.
The study analyzed two groups of pigs, both marketed at 256 pounds. The study showed that feeding Paylean at 4.5 grams per ton for an average of 26 days prior to barn closeout in a fixed-weight marketing scenario resulted in 3.6 fewer days to market and over 26 pounds of feed saved.
The Paylean group also had a 13 percent improvement in average daily gain and feed efficiency, nearly 90 percent fewer “tail-enders” (pigs that didn’t reach the target weight by the end of 26 days), and increased loin and reduced backfat depths. The results confirm that Paylean plays an important role in pork production’s profitability, whether marketing to a set weight or a set time.
“The study clearly shows that the Paylean group reached its target weight sooner and more efficiently than the non-Paylean group,” says John Patience, the lead investigator of the study.
Kerry Keffaber, DVM, Elanco’s swine technical director, agrees with the importance of efficiency: “Right now, most producers aren’t looking for more pounds. They want efficiency and lean. That’s the beauty of Paylean. It works consistently whether you’re looking for more pounds or whether you’re looking to save feed, and you get the carcass benefits either way.”