In an attempt to reduce costs, swine producers feeding newly weaned pigs frequently feed small amounts of complete pellets and transition them to grind and mix diets too soon.
A field study was conducted at a nursery in northwest
Table 1. Performance Response of Pigs Fed More Complete Pellets
|Group 1||Group 2|
|Feeding Program, lb/pig|
|UltraCare® 350 Complete||0||10|
|Starter 1 (350-lb Pig Booster) G&M||14||0|
|Starter 2 (150-lb Pig Booster) G&M||16||20|
|Starter 3 (50-lb Pig Booster) G&M||28||28|
|No. pigs in||1618||1566|
|No. pigs out||1586||1533|
|Start wt, lb||12.80||13.30|
|Finish wt, lb||60.80||68.70|
|Days on feed||53.00||55.00|
|Feed cost/pig, $||11.74||13.03|
|Feed cost/lb gain, $||0.2428||0.2342|
Acknowledgement to Marcel Thoene
Pigs fed greater amounts of complete pelleted feed grew faster and more efficiently. Even though total feed cost was higher, cost/lb of gain was lower.
In another nursery in NW Iowa, the following results were obtained (Table 2):
Table 2. Performance Response of Pigs Fed More Complete Pellets
|Feeding program, lb /pig|
|Starter 1 G&M||15.0|
|Starter 2 G&M||15.0|
|Starter 3 G&M||67.3|
|No. pigs in||3150|
|No. pigs out||3140|
|Start wt, lb||12.10|
|Finish wt, lb||69.10|
|Days on feed||47.00|
Acknowledgement to Tim Cantrell
Grind & mix diets were made with corn, soybean meal, EcoSelect premix, Pig Booster 350, 60lb fat, and 5lb NEWtraStart™ Feed. No medication.
Conclusion: Pigs fed larger amounts of complete pellets respond with greater gains and heavier weights out of the nursery.
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