Weaned pigs exhibit an aversion to hard pellets thus reducing feed intake. Sometimes producers may even moisten feed by hand to create a product that is more aromatic and softer to increase intake.
An award-winning innovative soft, moist complete pig feed called Healthy Edge™ Pig Starter for the older weaned pig (12-15 lb), is now available. This product’s unique soft granule form entices young pigs to eat quicker after weaning than do the traditional small hard pellets.
Research data at LongView Animal Nutrition Center, consisting of over 400 pigs, shows that feeding pigs Healthy Edge™ Pig Starter improves average daily feed intake (26%) and average daily gain (8.2%) during the first 5 days after weaning when compared to the traditional pelleted pig starters; leading to 1.5 pound heavier pigs at the end of the nursery. These data were confirmed by trials conducted at the
Feeding pigs Healthy Edge™ Pig Starter during the first 5 days after weaning at the University of Arkansas resulted in pigs eating 26.3% more and gaining 41.5% faster when compared to traditional pellets leading to 2.0 pound heavier pigs at the end of the nursery. Also, field studies showed that pigs gained 15.6% more when receiving Healthy Edge™ Pig Starter during the first 4-5 days after weaning when compared to the harder pelleted feed.
Not only does Healthy Edge™ Pig Starter get pigs eating more and gaining better, it also supports intestinal health and immunity via specialized ingredients such as botanicals and organic acids. Research data from the University of Arkansas shows that pigs fed Healthy Edge™ Pig Starter for the first 5 days after weaning have more goblet cells per villi (that secrete acidic mucin) in their large intestine at d 5 after weaning. These acidic mucins are important for gel formation, and, thus, for maintenance of the protective layer on the mucosal surface of the intestine to defend the pig against enteric pathogens. Therefore, feeding pigs soft-moist Healthy Edge™ Pig Starter maximizes early feed intake; leading to heavier, healthier pigs.
Field Feedback on Healthy Edge™ Pig Starter:
Kevin Whitaker, pork production specialist for Hull Cooperative Association (
Curt Cooper, sales and farm consultant for Brunlett Elevator (
For further information, please see your local feed sales representative at a Land O’Lakes Feed Co-op or Purina Mills Dealer.Visit us online at www.LOLFeed.com, www.PurinaMills.com, www.PurinaPigStarters.com, www.GelResearch.com
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