Feed Formulations

ISU’s John Patience speaks in Scotland

The challenge in balancing the positive and negative effects of dietary non-starch polysaccharide (NSP) is a key theme at Inspire Forum 2014. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Minnesota Nutrition Conference, Sept. 18-19

The 73rd Minnesota Nutrition Conference will provide a forum for feed industry professionals to update their knowledge of beef, dairy, poultry, swine and equine nutrition. Speakers will share the latest concepts in livestock feeding. FULL STORY »

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