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Category: Swine

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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Liberate and Lock N’ Load Update

May 30, 2019

Written by Gary Asche, Ph.D., Form-A-Feed Swine Nutritionist Form-A-Feed Inc. has been using enzymes beyond phytase for over 20 years.  The first enzyme product was Pig Bloom, which was used in young pig diets to remove the indigestible sugars in soybean meal.   The second version included five enzymes and released energy from the more complex […]

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SPRING VENTILATION CHECKLIST FOR FINISHER BARNS

March 8, 2019

As we look at the piled snow and another cold snap, I know from prior experience that we will be seeing some 50 degree days soon. They probably will come with night temperatures still 30 to 40 degrees colder than that, so we will experience large temperature variations. As we hit that first day of […]

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Biotin: Role in Today’s Modern Swine Diet

February 4, 2019

Biotin is a vitamin that is important for carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism through biotin dependent enzymes.   Biotin content in feed ingredients can be variable in both content and bioavailability.   Small grains have poor bioavailability of biotin, and in wheat and barley, it is almost totally unavailable.  Oilseed meal, alfalfa meal and dried yeast are […]

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Back to Basics: 7 Tips for Weaning Pigs to Eat

November 15, 2018

According to research conducted at Kansas State University, pigs that barely maintain their weaning weight during the first week may take an extra 10 to 20 days to reach market weight, compared to pigs that grow at their pre-weaning gain rates during the same period.  In today’s hog market, that is an extra 10 to […]

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Hemorrhagic Bowel Syndrome in Swine

September 9, 2018

Hemorrhagic bowel syndrome demands our attention because in the past few years, we have seen it increase in occurrence without clearly identifiable reasons. Some call it the “stealth bomber of swine disease.” It strikes suddenly, without warning. It kills quickly, often taking the best pigs. And it frequently leaves the producer wondering what struck his […]

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CAPTURE Your Operation’s Full Potential During Heat Stress

July 25, 2018

Have you ever heard the saying “sweat like a pig?” I’m sure you have! The ironic thing is…pigs don’t sweat. I know— Earth shattering news. The fact that pigs don’t sweat leads them to be susceptible to heat stress. Heat stress is a commonly used term that becomes a sizzling topic in the livestock industry […]

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Starting Pigs: The Race to the Market Begins with a Successful Start

April 26, 2018

Three hot meals a day, your own clean room, and fresh folded laundry. You have your parents to thank for that. When college hits, then it’s Ramen, Febreze and awkward roommates. This concept, relatable to many of us, can be extrapolated to today’s modern pig production. The transition period after weaning is the most challenging […]

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