Genetics Feed efficiency in swine is about 35% inherited, and 30% growth rate. Selection for more efficient hogs can reduce costs by reducing the amount of feed required to grow a hog to market weight. An average feed conversion is...
Cereal grains provide the primary energy source for swine diets. Producers must be concerned not only with the composition of the grain, but also how it is processed. Because feed cost represents approximately 80 percent of the cash cost...
The deleterious effects of heat stress during the summer months on pig performance and welfare are one of the biggest concerns that swine producers worldwide face every year (Castro Junior & Silva, 2021). Sow farms are no different: as...
Advances include helping farmers optimize protein to win the battle with rising feed costs New advances in feed technology are opening the door to innovative opportunities for swine farmers to maximize success while transitioning to the future. A number of the...
Lori Ellensohn- Furst-McNess Company Livestock Feeding and Formulations Coordinator Finishing hogs in the summertime always comes with its own set of challenges. During the time of year when we can see some of the highest returns, we also see dips in pig...
The program aims to support pig performance at every life stage to maximize genetic potential  Novus International introduces the Scale Up™ program to help pork producers deliver on their specific business goals. Each stage of a pig’s life comes with...
Performance gap between market gilts and barrows costs integrated operations $5.12 per gilt About 50% of pig production is made up of market gilts, and gilts do not perform as consistently as barrows. Two university researchers recently completed a review...
Farmscape for May 24, 2022 Full Interview 10:41 Listen Research conducted on behalf of the Swine Health Information Center is helping build a foundation of knowledge for pathogen risk in feed. Since it was founded in 2015, the risk of...
Nestled on the outskirts of Independence, Iowa, are nationally recognized livestock and feed mill operations known as County Line Livestock and County Line Feed Mill. Established in 2002, County Line Livestock started as a feeder pig operation and...
There is never a time in swine production where producers aren’t facing challenges in some form or fashion. Many challenges – whether they are nutritional, health or management related – tend to be seasonal. Fall is typically a favorite...
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