Feed systems consisting of high quality nutrients promote healthy, peak-performing animals, higher carcass weights and leaner meats. Proper nutrient management also controls your operating costs.

Nutrition and cost control will be explained in Cargill’s “Are You Feeding the ‘Right’ Ingredients?” seminar during the 2010 World Pork Expo, June 9–11 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.

Kevin Touchette and  Ken Mooney, nutritionists at Cargill, along with Bob Taubert, managing producer of New Horizon Farms in southwestern Minnesota, will explain the importance and impacts of nutrient measurement systems. “Our discussion will revolve around a proven process used throughout the world today that translates available ingredients into nutrient supplies,” says Touchette.

“Feed ingredients are like fingerprints,” says Mooney. “At first glance, they appear to look alike. But when closely examined, their unique properties are revealed.”

Cargill tests the ingredients provided by suppliers to determine the nutrients’ quality. Cargill’s AutoCalc system evaluates the fat, fiber and amino acids in raw ingredients to determine the optimal usage in feed systems, allowing Cargill to work with pork producers to create customized feed programs that help optimize production efficiency.

“Nutrient testing allows producers to predict and improve the growth, feed conversion and pork production within their herds,”  Touchette explains. “It also helps producers select the finest ingredients so they can purchase fewer raw materials without compromising the nutritional value of their feed formulas.”

To learn more about nutrient testing, attend the Cargill-sponsored seminar held at WPX on Thursday, June 10. The session will take place from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Varied Industries Building, Room B on the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Producers can pre-register for WPX at www.worldpork.org. Admission is $5 in advance or $15 at the gate. Attendees are encouraged to sign-up for the REMIND ME text message service to receive notification about all the educational seminars and events going on during Expo.

To learn more, visit the World Pork Expo Online Resource Center

Source: NPPC