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 »

To pellet or not to pellet

Squeezing every nutrient, and every penny, out of feed is an important task on hog farms today. Whether to grind or pellet swine diets is worth reviewing. FULL STORY »

Tips to reduce production costs

In the current environment of high feed prices and tight margins, pork producers are seeking ways to reduce costs and increase revenue. Prairie Swine Centre, offers a list of easy-to-adopt ideas, that can be implemented today. FULL STORY »

5 mycotoxin management tips

Due to this year’s ominous drought, many producers are now faced with the challenge of how to feed the 2012 corn and soybean crops to their livestock. FULL STORY »

2012 harvest: Farmers finding more than just aflatoxins

Although Aspergillus, the mold responsible for aflatoxins, has been the most notorious culprit in the 2012 harvest due to its carcinogenic properties, other toxins may show up this year. FULL STORY »

Kansas State Swine Day slated for Nov. 15

The one-day event will feature a technology trade show, as well as presentations focused on current research relevant to pork production. The event begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Kansas State Alumni Center in Manhattan, Kan. FULL STORY »

USGC releases new, expanded edition of DDGS handbook

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has released the third edition of A Guide to Distiller's Dried Grains with Solubles (DDGS). The new handbook contains extensive information on the use of DDGS in swine diets including use of reduced oil DDGS and managing pork fat quality when using high levels in swine diets. FULL STORY »

Consistent sow feeding promotes consistent pig production

Sow rations should be formulated and body condition scoring protocols implemented, so body condition scores (BCS) remain steady through the production cycle, says Mike Hemann, swine nutritionist for Purina Animal Nutrition. FULL STORY »

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