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 »

Out-of-feed events increase costs, reduce performance

Even with record-high feed costs, make sure you keep the feed flowing, say industry experts. Out-of-feed events only compound the problem of high-priced feed by reducing pig performance and slowing time to market. FULL STORY »

Feeding advice available for TOPIGS finishers

The feed advice of TOPIGS is based on the nutritional requirements of each genotype in order to achieve the highest genetic performance. The manuals are suitable for all markets around the world. FULL STORY »

Pelleting yields 5% improvement in feed efficiency

With the high cost of feed, pork producers are searching for any feed efficiency advantage they can find to reduce costs as well as save feed. Pelleting is one of the easiest ways to improve feed efficiency, according to Bob Thaler, Extension swine specialist, South Dakota State University. FULL STORY »

Predicting sows' milk yield to meet nutrient requirements

After studying how variations in litter size affect milk production, researchers found that many nutrient requirement recommendations for sows are either underestimated or overestimated. FULL STORY »

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