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 »

Get more bang for your feed buck

Through solid-state fermentation, a strain of Aspergillus niger works in synergy with the animals’ digestive systems to break down layers of the feed that were previously inaccessible through digestion. FULL STORY »

Prairie Swine Centre releases annual research report

The Prairie Swine Centre, located near Saskatoon, has just released the 2011 edition of the Annual Research Report which provides insight into a wide range of industry challenges and opportunities. FULL STORY »

Management of parity groups promotes herd profitability

Second-parity sows are prone to what’s often referred to as a “sophomore slump”. Proper nutrition strategies help prevent this potential slump in future production and keep young sows in the herd longer. FULL STORY »

Dangers of drought: mycotoxins and nitrates

The drought of 2012 has decimated crops and put livestock producers in jeopardy due to rapidly escalating feed costs. But the problem may likely lead to another hurdle producers may face once the harvest is in the bin: mycotoxins and nitrates. FULL STORY »

Revised Swine NRC updates diet needs

The National Academies of Science has released the 11th Revised Edition of The Nutrient Requirements of Swine, also known as the Swine NRC. FULL STORY »

A high-protein fungi may offer feed alternative

With record feed prices on the books, alternative ingredients for corn and soybean meal are a priority. Iowa State University researchers have identified one that might surprise you-- dried fungi. FULL STORY »

Ethanol plant closures cause DDGS supply issues

Plant closures, along with reduced production at many plants, have reduced the supply of distillers’ dried grains with solubles (DDGS), a co-product of ethanol production widely-used in swine diets. FULL STORY »

Report: Animal feed additives to reach $17.5 billion by 2018

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research, the global animal feed additives market was worth $13.5 billion (U.S. dollars) in 2011 and is expected to reach $17.5 billion in 2018. FULL STORY »

Weather-stressed crops susceptible to mycotoxin production

While the drought conditions have had a visible and dramatic impact on grain and soybean yields, there can be a less visible impact in that the adverse conditions also make the crops more susceptible to mold growth. FULL STORY »

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