Nathan Smith from Kansas Smith Farms, Are your Sows overweight? August 14th 2012
Are your sows fat?
Recently, Blaine Hansen, a nutritionist at Ralco Animal Nutrition, recently visited with me about lactation intake, sow condition and sow performance. He showed me tons of data that demonstrated the connection between increased sow lactation intake and better sow performance. Yes, I have heard this many, many times. I’m sure you have, too. But I forget.
I goes something like this.
“How much do you feed your sows in gestation?”
“Well, maybe 5 lbs.”
“I’m not sure.”
This is when I usually feel like an idiot.
I have not been keeping track of sow intake. Have you been tracking gestation and lactation intake?
“My sows are a condition 3” Mine are too.
AKA too fat!
It is so freaking important!!
If you are over feeding:
Over Cost per 1000 sows/ 300 days
That is just wasted feed.
What are you doing to track sow feed intake?
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