Category: Swine

Improving Iron Status in Piglets

December 6, 2017

Piglets have about 50 mg of iron at birth. Due to their fast growth rate, pigs need 8 to 16 mg of iron per day. Thus, piglets can become deficient in iron within three days of age if not given supplemental iron due to sow’s milk being very low in iron (about 1 ppm). The […]

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Swine Projections

September 14, 2017

Form-A-Feed provides monthly swine feeding projections to keep you in tune with the ever-changing market conditions and how these changes come together to affect profitability.  We have developed a profit analysis program called Results Driven Solutions (RDS) to assess customer profitability given a set of costs, production parameters, and market prices.  We have used this […]

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Keys to Preventing Porcine Respiratory Disease Complex (PRDC)

September 5, 2017

In today’s commercial production facilities, biosecurity is essential for the improvement, maintenance and productivity of our farm animals. Disease outbreaks can have a tremendous negative impact by increasing mortality, increasing production costs, reducing productivity, and decreasing average daily gain which in turn affects the producers’ bottom line. One of the biggest contributors negatively affecting profitability […]

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Minimizing Heat Stress in Pigs

August 24, 2017

Managing heat stress is crucial in maximizing swine productivity and production. According to Iowa State University, heat stress causes an estimated $330 million in annual losses to the United States swine industry.  During heat stress, the pigs’ body experiences an increase in the blood plasma pH and a decrease in intracellular pH. The pig will […]

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VFD in the Swine Industry: Why It’s Important to Track Antibiotic Usage

July 12, 2017

Antibiotic usage is a key issue that the pork industry will always face, and the pressures of it will only continue to increase in the future. With the Veterinary Feed Directive put into effect at the start of January 2017, many livestock producers are still adjusting, even swine producers. Any swine producer that doesn’t have […]

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Super-dosing of Phytase

March 3, 2017

As third and fourth generation phytase enzymes started to be used commonly in feeds, we realized that phytate, the major storage form of phosphorus in plants, is much more of an anti-nutrient limiting performance of swine than just an underutilized nutrient. One of the main reasons why phytate depresses performance is because it has a […]

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Swine Industry Lessons Learned from 2016 and Looking Ahead to a New Year

February 3, 2017

For most hog producers, 2016 was a year to forget. While feed costs actually fell from 2015 (down just over $5 per weaned pig marketed), profitability proved to be elusive. According to Iowa State University’s Estimated Livestock Returns for 2016, farrow-to-finish producers averaged a loss of $4.72 per head with five profitable months. Wean-to-finish producers […]

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Records Tracking: Do You Really Know Your Operation?

December 6, 2016

Today, many producers love the opportunity to ‘talk shop’ with other producers about how their production is going. I have seen this firsthand from sharing early Saturday morning coffee with local farmers. Some of their banter is harmless fun, but do today’s producers really know how well their production is doing? What contributing factors of […]

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Steps for Starting Newly Weaned Pigs Out Strong

November 7, 2016

Getting pigs off to a good start is often over looked in many areas, from cleaning of the barn or facility, to proper nutrition. Following a few simple steps will help ensure the correct start to the young pigs. All feed from previous group should be removed from the feedlines and bulk bins.  Any amount […]

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Myth Buster: Antibiotic Use in the Swine Industry

September 23, 2016

GMO free, hormone free, antibiotic free. These three phases are changing the food industry through continued consumer interest in how food is produced, and these labels are highly visible to consumers on many food packages, especially ‘antibiotic free.’ Unfortunately, it’s all become a marketing ploy. As agriculture enthusiasts, we can sit back and blame the […]

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Vitamin Supplementation in Young Pigs

July 26, 2016

Over the last 4 to 5 years there have been more cases of sub-optimal vitamin D status in young pigs.  Experience from producers and vets suggest that the Peri-weaning Failure to Thrive Syndrome (PFTS) is also related to suboptimal vitamin D.  The vitamin D levels in colostrum are low and even lower in sow’s milk […]

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Piglet Nutritional Challenges at Weaning

June 3, 2016

One of the biggest challenges pigs go through in their lives is the first few days after they are weaned. This applies to all mammals as each of them are given special survival tools from their mothers. While the macro nutrients found in sow’s milk such as protein and fat are required for piglet growth and development, sow’s milk also contains micro components which are just […]

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