alternative feedstuffs

SwineCast 0541, New Swine Nutrition Website Online at University of Illinois

mp3SwineCast 0541 Show Notes:

SwineCast 0396, Air Emissions Ruling Review - Liquid Feeding

SwineCast 0396 Show Notes:

  • Iowa State's Roger McEowen reviews a recent court ruling on air emissions that many in agriculture may misunderstand
  • Liquid feeding proponent shares his best learnings and biggest mistake

SwineCast 0387, DDGs in Swine Rations and Pelleting Issues

SwineCast 0387 Show Notes:

  • Conversations today with Sam Baidoo looking at DDGs impact on ration cost and total feed availability
  • Adam Fahrenholz, Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant Department of Grain Science Kansas State University with his International Poultry Scientific Forum presentation about the effects of DDGs inclusion on pellet quality

Alternative Feedstuffs: Beyond the Euphoria

     The rise in basic feed ingredient costs has resulted in a skyrocketing cost of production for swine producers.  Corn prices, fueled by ethanol demand, have added roughly $1.50+/bushel to the cost of this most widely used swine feed ingredient in the last year or so.  The combination of shifting acres to corn and rising foreign demand for soybeans and soybean products has given rise to the old cheer, "Beans to the Teens!" among the crop producers and marketers.

     These "shocks" to feed ingredient prices have driven a very big interest in the use of alternative feedstuffs among swine producers.  There is no doubt a very nice savings that can be captured from the careful addition of alternatives to corn and beanmeal but some caveats are clearly in order.  To understand the issues beyond simply plugging these alternatives into a least cost ration analyzer, it would be wise to visit a couple of very informative websites that detail the sometimes forgotten potential consequences of such a strategy.

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