swine diets

SwineCast 1054, The Squeal on Decision Making In Diet Formulation

SwineCast 1054 Show Notes:
  • Ani-Tek Group's Dr. Aaron Gaines, along with PIC's top nutrition specialists Wayne Cast and Dr. Uislei Orlando, have an in-depth conversation on decision making in diet formulations.

SwineCast 0928, Feeding Fiber And Lactation

SwineCast 0928 Show Notes:
  • Bruce Cochrane of Farmscape.ca shares a conversation with Dr. Denise Beaulieu, Assistant Professor in Monogastric Nutrition with the University of Saskatchewan, on sow feed supplemented with straw fiber to improve lactation and pig growth.

Dr. Dean Boyd - Financial Considerations In Setting Diet Energy Specifications


Financial Considerations In Setting Diet Energy Specifications - Dr. Dean Boyd, from the 2015 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 19-22, 2015, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Dr. John Patience - Dietary Fat: It Is Much More Than An Energy Source To The Pig


Dietary Fat: It Is Much More Than An Energy Source To The Pig - Dr. John Patience, from the 2015 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 19-22, 2015, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Dr. Jerry Shurson - Assessing Lipid Quality And Effects On Swine Health And Performance


Assessing Lipid Quality And Effects On Swine Health And Performance - Dr. Jerry Shurson, from the 2015 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 19-22, 2015, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

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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