Research shows that feed programs containing functional proteins (plasma) lay a solid nutritional foundation to help pigs achieve their genetic potential.

“A well-balanced diet with functional proteins helps ease pigs through post-weaning stressors,” explains Joe Crenshaw, technical services director at APC. “Using functional proteins in feed can be especially beneficial to pigs that have been exposed to health challenges.”

APC and TechMix will co-host the educational seminar “Building a Stronger Pig — Optimize Swine Health through Advanced Nutrition” at this year’s World Pork Expo on Thursday, June 10 from 1-3 p.m. in the VariedIndustriesBuilding, Room B, on the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

The presentation will educate producers about the benefits of incorporating functional proteins into their feed programs.

Crenshaw and his colleague Joy Campbell, swine nutritionist at APC, will explain how adding functional proteins to young pig diets affects the weaning process and puts the animals on track for a strong finish. They will discuss the best protocol to incorporate plasma into a feed program and help producers establish timetables for the nursery phase.

“It is critical to feed pigs a well-balanced nutritional package during the weaning and nursery phases, and to work with your veterinarian to establish appropriate vaccination protocols to put the animals on track for a healthy life,” says Crenshaw. “As a general guideline, we suggest feeding 5 percent plasma for two weeks post-weaning and 2 percent to 3 percent for an additional 7 to 14 days. Producers should partner with their nutritionist and veterinarian to establish feed and vaccination programs to help pigs transition through the nursery and beyond.”

Representatives from TechMix will discuss an innovative method for delivering plasma protein supplements to pigs. Together with APC, TechMix developed Liquitein, a water-soluble, ready-to-use plasma protein source that can be administered through water lines.

“Many animals lose their appetite when they are under stress or don’t feel well,” says TechMix’s Dennis McKilligan. “Liquitein can be administered through drinking water in conjunction with producers’ current medication systems. This provides critical nutrients to the pig during stressful times like weaning and off-feed events.”

TechMix has invited Nathan Horn from JBS United to present his commercial research studies that show Liquitein improved nursery pig performance. Eva Jablonski from The Hanor Company also will share on-the-farm observations and success stories associated with using Liquitein.

“We want producers to realize there is a form of plasma that is easy-to-use, and provides critical nutrients to pigs during the post-weaning event and times of stress,” says McKilligan.

The 2010 World Pork Expo is June 9–11 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. Producers can pre-register here. Admission is $5 per person 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 WPX. To learn more, visit the WorldPorkExpoOnlineResourceCenter here.

Source: NPPC