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SUCCESSFUL PIGLET FEEDING
of improved performance and
ily realized when the proper
health during the whole growcombination of these ingredients
out period. Ingredients of poor
is used. Generally, these ingredigestibility pass rather intact
dients are more efficacious when
along the gastrointestinal tract
health, facilities and management
to the large intestine where they
are sub-optimal. Improvement
promote bacterial proliferation
in these aspects of production
that invariably leads to diarrhea.  
always reduces dependence on
Specialty
ingredients.
such ingredients and reduces
■
Antimicrobial agents at growthfeeding cost.  
promoting levels, zinc oxide and
■ Balanced budget. Even though
copper sulfate at pharmacologihigh-quality piglet diets are very
cal doses, certain organic acids,
helpful in promoting growth
and in-feed immunoglobulins
performance after weaning, their
(from hyper-immunized egg proadvantages can be easily lost if
tein or animal plasma) improve
they are fed for too long or at the
post-weaning feed intake and
wrong amount for each weight
growth. Other highly-digestible
class of weaner pigs. A properly
protein sources such as fish
designed budget has a higher almeal, skim milk and wheat
lowance of the complex diets for
gluten do offer growth promotlight-weight pigs than for heavying advantages as well.
An improvement of 10
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weight pigs. However, a common
mistake is to disregard the fact
that heavy pigs are accustomed
to consuming large quantities of
milk and, thus, they tend to take
longer than light-weight pigs to
adapt to dry diets. Therefore, a
small allotment of the first diet
should always be budgeted even
for the heaviest pigs. This will
prevent them for slowing down or
even falling back on their growth
rates. It will also reduce variability at the upper range of weights.  
■ Mat-feeding. This is probably
the most cost-effective way
to increase post-weaning feed
intake by spreading a small
quantity of feed on floor-mats
or on solid floors. It greatly encourages pigs to rut and ingest
solid feed as early as the
first day post-weaning. A
mash provides equal results
with pellets, but on mats
without a rim, pigs like to
roll and push pellets instead
of picking them up. Placing
the mat near the feeder seems to
encourage pigs further to consume more feed from the feeder.
Pigs require only 2 to 3 days
of floor feeding before they become accustomed to eating from
regular feeders. Frequent feeding stimulates pigs to eat more
and prevents wastage of uneaten
portions. However, based on
our own research, feeding more
than 3 times daily is not advised
because pigs become too fond
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Feed Strategy - January 2018

Feed Strategy - January 2018
Contents
In the Mix
Consumer interest drives transparency in feed production
6 challenges facing the global animal feed industry
Marketing-driven poultry production’s real feed costs
How feed extrusion can improve digestibility, safety
Advances in ruminant environmental impact reductions
Secrets of successful piglet feeding after weaning
EU’s history of fraudulent organic grain imports
Products
Marketplace
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - Feed Strategy - January 2018
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - Cover2
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - Contents
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - In the Mix
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 3
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 4
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 5
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - Consumer interest drives transparency in feed production
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 7
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 8
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 9
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 10
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 11
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 12
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 13
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 6 challenges facing the global animal feed industry
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 15
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 16
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 17
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 18
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 19
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - Marketing-driven poultry production’s real feed costs
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 21
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 22
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 23
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 24
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 25
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - How feed extrusion can improve digestibility, safety
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 27
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 28
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 29
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - Advances in ruminant environmental impact reductions
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 31
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 32
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 33
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - Secrets of successful piglet feeding after weaning
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 35
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 36
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 37
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - EU’s history of fraudulent organic grain imports
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Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 40
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Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 42
Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 43
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Feed Strategy - January 2018 - Products
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Feed Strategy - January 2018 - Marketplace
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