Category: Swine

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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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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Swine Industry in 2017: A Year of Change and Expansion

February 5, 2018

Change is the only constant and the swine industry was a prime example of this old adage over the past year. 2017 opened with a major change: the implementation of the updated Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). The new VFD regulations tightened control over the use of antimicrobials in livestock feed and placed the use of […]

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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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