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Formulation secrets revealed
for modern piglet feeds
Designing a high-quality piglet feed requires attention and
knowledge for each ingredient and nutrient involved.
IOANNIS MAVROMICHALIS

F

eeding weaned pigs remains a challenge - not
because we lack the supporting science, technology and experience to provide adequate
nutrition and feeds to recently weaned pigs. In fact,
the whole field of piglet nutrition has made great
leaps in the past 30 years to the point we can safely
declare that post-weaning feed anorexia - or refusal
to eat dry feed - is no longer an issue. That is, at
least, in theory and in many advanced farms that
follow correct procedures.

The industry must stop looking at piglet feed as a cost and
rather think of it as an investment. Dusan Petkovic | Bigstock.com

Lamentably the majority of farms - and here I am
pointing toward mega farms that often lack the appropriate labor skills, mindset or even inclination - do
not seriously consider the lifelong implications of a
wrong start early in life.
It has been decades since have established that
piglets that consume an average of about 200 grams
per day during the first week post-weaning will
reach market weight at least 10 days earlier, or reach
marketing age with 10 extra kilograms body weight.
This may be an oversimplification, but it
is a good rule of thumb to evaluate any
piglet feeding program. I should mention
that farm size does not always dictate
piglet nutrition philosophy as many small
producers tend to ignore piglet nutrition.
The real problem that we have not overcome, as an industry, is that piglet feed is
seen as a cost - and an expensive one at
that - instead of an investment. When pig
feed, in general, costs less than 300 euros
(or USD) per metric ton (or U.S. ton), then
it becomes difficult to sell a feed that starts
at 1,500 euros per metric ton and may drop
to just less than 1000 euros per metric ton at
the end of the nursery phase (weaning to 25
kg body weight). Seen from such perspective, it is clearly an expensive investment,
but seen as a cost per pig, it clearly becomes
a minor expense, and if we consider lifetime benefits, it
is perhaps the best type of investment.
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Feed Strategy - January 2020
Contents
In the Mix
Industry Happenings
6 issues set to shape 2020 poultry feed production Trade shifts, an ASF-driven protein gap and high consumer demand point to stable growth for the global poultry sector in the year ahead
5 broiler early nutrition research highlights
Smaller feed companies struggle to comply with FMSA
The right software for the right formulation job
Halal animal feed production enters new markets
Formulation secrets revealed for modern piglet feeds
Phytogenics: combinations and synergies in poultry feed
Products
Advertisers’ Index
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Feed Strategy - January 2020 - CT2
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - Feed Strategy - January 2020
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - Cover2
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - CT3
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - CT4
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - Contents
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - In the Mix
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - 3
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - Industry Happenings
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - 5
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - 6 issues set to shape 2020 poultry feed production Trade shifts, an ASF-driven protein gap and high consumer demand point to stable growth for the global poultry sector in the year ahead
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - 7
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - 8
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - 9
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - 10
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Feed Strategy - January 2020 - 5 broiler early nutrition research highlights
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Feed Strategy - January 2020 - 14
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - 15
Feed Strategy - January 2020 - Smaller feed companies struggle to comply with FMSA
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Feed Strategy - January 2020 - The right software for the right formulation job
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Feed Strategy - January 2020 - Halal animal feed production enters new markets
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Feed Strategy - January 2020 - Formulation secrets revealed for modern piglet feeds
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Feed Strategy - January 2020 - Phytogenics: combinations and synergies in poultry feed
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