Hyperprolific sows often do not perform as well in Asia as they do elsewhere in the world and this one day conference, Performance2017, was convened to try to find why this was the case. The speakers addressed various aspects of the problem.
On the genetics and breeding front several areas were highlighted as to why so many sows in reality fell well short of their genetic potential. Areas of concern included the first week, the transitions at weaning and the quality of data bases.
When it came to nutrition and feeding issues such as maximising the performance of low weight piglets, quality of fed ingredients and composition, use of a matrix, moving from corn-soy to fibre-focused diets, net energy rather than protein gives you a better way to understand the sow’s response to a diet, feed intake in lactation and feeding strategies for hot climates all came to the fore.
The post antibiotic era means less reliance on antibiotics and a greater role for enzymes, acids and prebiotics and we need to learn how to effectively use such products to the benefit of our sows and their microbiomes.
People are the lynch pin and areas to consider here included training of staff to improve and increase their skills, audits, teamwork, the setting of KPI’s, increasing farm size needs to be accompanied by better management and staff motivation.
The speakers were Prof Dr Rommel Sulabo, Pierre Lebreton, Dr Jens Noesgaard Jorgensen, Dr Gilles Langeoire, Dr Wayne Johnson, Dr Chritian Lückstädt, Dr Greg Simpson and Dr Piet van der Ar and the hosting companies were Addcon, Agromed, Animine, Chr. Hansen and Hypor.
The event was organised by Link Asia Partners whose David Saunders encapsulated the whole day with his words – “Great speakers, great audience, a great exchange of information and a great deal for everyone to reflect on, in fact, a great foundation on which to build Performance2019!”