Sorghum DDGS presents alternative feed potential

As corn prices near record highs, pork producers are seeking alternative ingredients to reduce feed costs and help preserve hog production margins. While corn-based distillers’ dried grains with solubles is a widely used feed ingredient, some producers are also incorporating sorghum-based DDGS. FULL STORY »

The Real Feeder Costs

During recent discussions involving production systems and contract growers, the focus was on how to improve feed conversion in growers’ facilities. For owners, ingredients, particle size, diet sequencing, antibiotics inclusion, Paylean use and such are all important. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Improving efficiencies with high feed ingredient prices

In the next few weeks I will be speaking at quite a few producer and contract grower meetings in the upper Midwest. At each meeting, I’ve been asked to talk about something related to production efficiencies and high feed costs. FULL STORY »

5 Tips to Cut Feed Costs

Hog and pork prices this year have already set records, and it’s not unrealistic to think that even more will develop. Of course, input costs, particularly those related to feed, also are setting records. Consequently, finding ways to cut feed costs and improve profitability prospects are daily priorities for all pork producers. FULL STORY »

Research sheds light on fat digestibility in pigs

Producers and feed companies add fat to swine diets to increase energy, but recent research from the University of Illinois suggests that measurements currently used for fat digestibility need to be updated. FULL STORY »

Podcast: Swine diet ingredients and pork quality

Every hog in your care produces a product that ends up on someone’s table. That makes you a food producer and a steward of product quality. Many things during the hog rearing and pork production process can influence product’s ultimate quality. FULL STORY »

Corn prices heading to record highs amid “incredibly tight” supplies

Corn prices are heading toward record highs with U.S. supplies expected to be “incredibly tight” this year and exports and ethanol production on pace to exceed government forecasts, Rabobank Group analysts said. FULL STORY »

Pork producers invited to two-state swine seminar

Pork producers in northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota are invited to attend the Swine Production Seminar March 10 in Okoboji. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension, University of Minnesota Extension and Hubbard Feeds are sponsoring the seminar for the second year. FULL STORY »

Combating high feed and production costs

It’s hardly news that pork producers today are facing near-record feed prices, and the outlook for the rest of 2011 does not look to reverse that trend in a positive way. However, there are always ideas to consider and techniques to try that may help blunt the upsurge in cost of production. FULL STORY »

Pork genetics affects feed efficiency

Genetics play a big role in feed efficiency. The Pork Checkoff-has funded research to identify genes that impact feed efficiency in pigs. The research was designed to identify genetic markers for producers to use in marker-assisted selection programs to improve feed efficiency. Because feed-intake data is expensive to collect on individual finisher pigs, the Pork Checkoff made this investment so producers would have such trait data available to them. FULL STORY »

Strategies to reduce swine feeding costs

Despite predictions of record-high market hog prices in 2011, swine producers will be challenged once again to achieve profits in their operations because of increasing feed ingredient costs. FULL STORY »

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