Optimizing sow efficiency, colostrum quality and piglet care can increase herd productivity and lead to maximizing value of sows. Creating a greater understanding of sow nutrition can increase pigs per sow per year.
High feed intake at the lactation stage is critical. “Sows that are expected to produce 30 pigs per sow per year must be fed properly,” says Elena Lindemann, livestock marketing director with Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC. “Healthy Edge Technology supports intake during lactation and helps secure sufficient nutrients to support newborn litters.” Increased attention to baby pig care also is critical.
Research studies conducted at five sites during different seasons and with various herd genetics showed highly repeatable results. Healthy Edge Technology has delivered productivity benefits in pigs without compromising the sows’ condition or rebreeding performance.
"Our research shows that sows fed the new technology produced not only larger litters, but also heavier pigs within these litters," Lindemann says. "Healthy EdgeTechnology delivers up to 1.7 more full potential pigs – those weighing 8 or more pounds at weaning – per sow per year.”
Healthy Edge Technology can help deliver upon all of these key sow producer needs, according to Lindemann.
"In addition, data supports intestinal integrity and immune health of young pigs,” notes Brenda de Rodas, director of swine research with Land O’Lakes Purina Feed. "In fact, sows supplemented with Healthy Edge Technology produced colostrum with 86 percent more immunoglobulins and 16 percent more protein than the control group fed non-supplemented rations."
“There is tremendous opportunity,” Lindemann says. “It is a breakthrough technology that has demonstrated benefits with different genetics, parity structures, climates and dietary conditions, and comes in a low-inclusion rate additive for maximum flexibility in diets.”
For additional information, visit www.healthyedgetech.com or call (800) 227-8941.