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Category: Swine

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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Cost of Missing a Feed Budget in Finishing Pigs

May 16, 2016

Pork producers use feed budgets to more accurately feed a group of pigs.  Feed budgets should be calculated by pounds per head for each ration whenever possible.  Feeding based off […]

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Enzymes and their Application in Swine Diets

March 30, 2016

The genetic and management advancements in swine production over the past few decades have created a pig which is extremely efficient at converting grains to protein rich pork. Despite these […]

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New VFD Regulations Will Affect Most Livestock Producers

February 11, 2016

We are now about 10 months away from the implementation of sweeping changes in FDA regulations affecting the use of antibiotics in animal feeds. These changes will affect the use of […]

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Iodine Values: Pigs are what they Eat

December 1, 2015

While pork carcasses are not typically classified by quality like beef carcasses, there is one measure of carcass quality which is very closely monitored by meat packers: iodine value (IV). […]

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2015 Swine Conference Highlights

September 2, 2015

We are continuing to make our Professional Swine Conference bigger and better each year.  2015’s Swine Conference was no exception as we offered two days of activities, networking, and educational […]

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