Feeding corn germ to pigs does not affect growth performance

Inclusion of corn germ in swine diets can reduce diet costs, depending on the local cost of corn germ and other ingredients. Recent research conducted at the University of Illinois indicates that corn germ can be included at up to 30 percent in diets fed to growing pigs. FULL STORY »

Heavier pigs at birth may result in greater productivity

When it comes to litters, size matters. Larger numbers of pigs per litter have a direct correlation with an operation’s total pigs marketed; however, for these pigs to meet their full potential, adequate birth weights are necessary. FULL STORY »

New or expanding livestock operations must assess water needs

Producers who plan to start or expand a livestock operation need to think about water before moving forward. There are three main uses of water in a livestock operation: drinking water, cooling systems and washing of equipment and buildings. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Our understanding of the pigs nutritional needs

"When we combine the improved nutritional understanding with improved housing conditions, improved feeders and improved genetics, we have the basis for today’s world-class pig performance," according to Mike Brumm, Brumm Swine Consultancy. FULL STORY »

Alternative grains affect return over cost

Using alternative grains may lower diet cost per ton. However, due to reduced performance the actual return over feed costs may be lower also. Lower-cost diets do not necessarily mean better returns. FULL STORY »

Livestock producers face tighter DDGS supplies

Livestock operations with a nearby ethanol plant have had the opportunity for an alternative feed supply to compete with higher-priced corn and soybean meal in recent years. However, dried distillers’ grains with solubles (DDGS) has become a valuable and dependable livestock feed, but its availability could become tight in coming months. FULL STORY »

Focusing on soybean oil

The sharp increase in soybean prices that began in June and peaked in early September was carried more by soybean meal prices than by soybean oil prices. FULL STORY »

Vitamin D essential in promoting sow health and piglet growth

The changing of seasons may result in seasonal Vitamin D deficiency in sows. Research shows that supplementation of the “sunshine vitamin” becomes especially important in sow performance as the hours of natural sunlight dwindle into winter. FULL STORY »

Alltech explores interactions between genetics and nutrition

It is often said that we feed our livestock better than we feed ourselves. Those words may now ring a little truer on many farms across the United States. Alltech, a global leader in animal health and nutrition, recently launched a series of new species solution programs aimed at helping animals reach their full genetic potential. FULL STORY »

Production efficiency can offset higher feed costs

With record corn and soybean meal prices, many hog producers are looking at alternative feed sources. However, improving the efficiency of current feeds is where producers should look to cut costs, says a University of Missouri Extension swine nutritionist. FULL STORY »

2012 harvest concerns? Call the mycotoxin hotline

As livestock producers begin to examine this year’s harvest, many feed quality questions are coming up. Is this mold? Should I be worried about aflatoxins, DON or other toxins? A toll-free hotline is available and ready to discuss mycotoxin concerns on this year’s harvest. FULL STORY »

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