Category: Swine

DDGS Breakeven Price in Swine Diets – Feb 22, 2022

February 24, 2022

  The table below was generated using current pricing for amino acids, fat, and mineral supplements.  DDGs are a good source of energy, protein, and phosphorus in swine diets.  Break-even prices for DDGs given different corn and SBM prices are presented.  For instance, if current corn price is $6.75/bu and SBM is $425/ton, one would […]

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Biosecurity – Keep Your Swine Herd Healthy and Productive

February 16, 2022

Hog futures prices have been hitting over $100/cwt, meaning every pig on your farm is very valuable.  In addition, grain and feed prices are high, so input costs for each pig are also considerable.  Health is always important and key in running a productive and profitable operation, but never has it been more apparent than […]

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Combatting Gut Health Challenges in Growing Pigs

July 28, 2021

Gut health challenges can present themselves in a variety of different ways in pigs.  Physical causes of gut disturbances, such as gastric ulcers or intestinal torsion (twisted gut), can flare up in barns or herds, and may be the result of changes in feed intake patterns or diets, most commonly deriving from environmental temperature changes […]

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Help Your Hogs Beat the Heat This Summer

June 2, 2021

Swine producers face many challenges throughout the lifetime of raising a pig from conception, to birth, to market.  Although many of the early stages receive the most attention, some of the most substantial impact to the bottom line can occur at the very end right before marketing animals.  Limitations in pen space and feeder and […]

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Tackling High Feed Costs in Today’s Swine Marketplace – “Liberate” Yourself

March 23, 2021

Increased pig prices over the last couple of months have been a pleasant occurrence to pork producers that have dealt with record low hog prices and limited marketing options less than a year ago.  In many ways, the challenges and struggles our industry dealt with last summer and fall with COVID-19, in addition to continued […]

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Essential Oils and Organic Acids: Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics

September 3, 2020

Antibiotics and medications have been important tools necessary to prevent, control, and treat diseases in swine.  By working with veterinarians when using antibiotics, pork producers ensure that sickness does not spread rapidly on a farm, potentially endangering not only the health and welfare of the animals but also the safety of our food.  Increasing public […]

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Tail Biting in Pigs

June 15, 2020

Anyone that has ever walked through a pen of pigs knows that they are naturally inquisitive, using their mouth to investigate their surroundings, coupled with a natural tendency to chew.  This can lead to problems if animals change their focus to chewing and biting on pen-mates’ tails.  Tail biting can seem to start without cause, […]

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Don’t Forget About the Water!

May 27, 2020

Although water is by far the most consumed nutrient in pork production, it almost always gets the least amount of attention.  Issues relating to water can have significant, usually negative effects on animal performance and health.  To avoid these impacts, check water quantity and quality on a regular basis and correct deficiencies.  This is especially […]

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Hog Holder 500: A New Product for Slowing Down Pig Growth

May 11, 2020

Pork producers are in unprecedented times with decreased and reduced operational pork processing facilities due to COVID-19 challenges, resulting in less shackle space for processing available for market-ready pigs.  Form-A-Feed has developed a base product to assist pork producers in “holding” market-size pigs when marketing opportunities do not allow the timely movement of pigs to […]

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Options for Slowing Down Growth in Pigs

April 14, 2020

The current swine market, affected in large part by the COVID-19 crisis, is in a precarious position.  Market prices for producers are already low, but if packing plants end up decreasing or temporarily suspending the processing of pigs, as we have started to see already, we may be facing a situation where pork producers may […]

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Ingredient Update for Swine Diets

March 24, 2020

To say we are living in unique and unprecedented times currently would be an understatement.  One of the positive things I have seen come out of the current social distancing environment is an increased appreciation from the general public to those folks that are involved in the food industry – from raising livestock and crops […]

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New Crop Corn vs. Finishing Spaces

November 11, 2019

New crop corn promises to give pork producers challenges due to the stressed 2019 growing season.  We may have low test weight corn, or have corn that came out wet and saw prolonged drying, or corn that has mold and potentially mycotoxins to deal with.  Couple that with the fact that another packer, and now […]

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