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Genesus Technical Report: What Does Optimal FCR Really Mean?

  What does optimal FCR really mean? Derek Petry, Ph.D. – Genesus Inc.    As a genetic supplier, one of the first topics discussed in any meeting is feed conversion ratio (FCR).  While a very easy value to calculate, it is important to know the relationship between FCR and profitability. There are numerous factors that

Danger!: 500+ Mycotoxins Putting Your Pigs at Risk

What are mycotoxins? Mycotoxins are natural substances produced by molds in the field and during the storage of grains, feeds and forages. With over 500 diverse types of mycotoxins discovered (yes, there are over 500!), it is a prevalent issue that can negatively affect your herd’s productivity, efficiency and profitability. How do mycotoxins affect your herd? Pigs are extremely

Genesus Global Market Report: USA Market

  USA Market Allen Bentley, Genesus Inc. abentley@genesus.com   Seaboard Triumph Foods new Sioux City Plant is open for business. As with any start-up it will have a bumpy start. We need to pay attention to exports as we are ramping up production and slaughter 10-12%.   That is a large step and the only

Study Shows Response to Phytase Varies Among Canola Meal Varieties

Canola meal, which is included in diets fed to pigs as a protein source, is also relatively high in phosphorus. However, most of the phosphorus in canola meal is bound to phytic acid, and microbial phytase is often added to diets to help make more phosphorus available to pigs. New research from the University of

Genesus Global Market Report: South East Asia GGMR

  South East Asia GGMR Aug.14, 2017 Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia Paul Anderson, General Manager South East Asia, and International Sales Manager   Vietnam The live weight pig price in Vietnam is on a roller coaster from a low VND 20,000/kg (USD 0.88/kg) in the north to VND 24,000/kg (USD 1.05/kg) in the south several

Nutritional Value of Soybean Meal Varies Among Sources from Different Countries

  Research from the University of Illinois is helping swine producers know what they’re getting when they buy soybean meal from different countries. Genetic differences among varieties of soybeans, as well as differences in growing conditions and processing, may affect the nutritional value of soybean meal produced in different places. The largest producers of soybean

U of Illinois Research: Dust Particles in Livestock Facilities: Sweat the Small Stuff

A beam of sunlight streams into your living room, illuminating a Milky Way of dust particles hanging in the air. Although the air looks thick, those visible dust particles are so big that they can’t reach the smallest branches of the respiratory tree in your lungs. It’s the dust we can’t see-smaller than 2.5 microns,

Heat stress in swine: Impact on production

Sarah Schieck Introduction Pigs are much more sensitive to heat than other animals because they lack the ability to sweat. Therefore, high temperatures can lead to heat stress which causes poor performance. Often, pork producers think only about grow-finish pigs when they consider the negative effects heat stress has on their pigs. In reality, heat

Ileal digestibility of amino acids in low-oil DDGS fed to growing pigs

This report is based on unpublished research by Charmaine Espinosa and Hans H. Stein. Distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) are fed to pigs as a source of energy and amino acids. In recent years, ethanol plants have begun recovering corn oil from DDGS to sell for biodiesel and other uses. Conventional corn DDGS contains

Processing of ingredients and diets and effects on nutritional value for pigs

      Oscar Javier Rojas and Hans Henrik SteinEmail author Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology20178:48 DOI: 10.1186/s40104-017-0177-1 ©  The Author(s). 2017 Received: 12 October 2016 Accepted: 9 May 2017 Published: 1 June 2017 Abstract A conventional diet based on corn and soybean meal fed to pigs is usually provided in a mash form and in most cases, processing other than grinding and mixing is

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