HOW TO SAVE ON SOW FEED COSTS
JSR GENETICS TOGETHER WITH TOPIGS NORSVIN ADVICE ON HOW TO SAVE ON SOW FEED COSTS
JSR Genetics is powered by Topigs Norsvin, the world’s second largest pig genetics company, renowned for its innovative approach in implementing new technologies and it’s continuous focus on cost-efficient pig production.
Romy Hendricks is Jr. Global Feed Specialist at Topigs Norsvin and is a team member of the Global Nutrition Services. This team provides feed advice and support to customers, advisors and feed producers worldwide about the best feeding practices to unlock the maximum potential of Topigs Norsvin genetics.
FEED PRICES REMAIN VOLATILE
Worldwide raw material prices of almost all ingredients have risen rapidly leading to record feed prices. Pork producers are therefore paying more and more attention to optimising feed costs and efficiency in their production units.
ROMY’S TIPS TO SAVE ON SOW FEED COSTS:
- Avoid overfeeding in your sow herd.
It is important to focus on precision feeding focussing on your herd’s objectives, for example weight and/or backfat. Sows with different body composition and different parities have other nutrient requirements.
- Calibration of your feed system is key to avoid wastage.
Frequently checking the accuracy of your feed settings and electronical sow feeders will ensure that the right amount of kilograms or pounds is fed to the sows. Replace broken or damaged feeders to minimise feed wastage.
- Know when the time is right to inseminate your gilts.
Today’s gilts will grow faster, reach puberty earlier and can be inseminated earlier with the correct weight and age as recommended by Topigs Norsvin. You can save approximately 21 days of feed through earlier insemination.
- Reduce the number of non-productive days.
A non or low-productive sow will cost money, therefore it is important that culled sows or non-selected gilts leave the farm as soon as possible. Non-pregnant sows should be detected quickly to rebreed.
- Make sure that environmental factors are adequate to promote optimal performance.
Factors like ventilation, stocking density, air flow and quality, temperatures, and flooring will influence the sows’ ability to stay healthy and produce to her full potential throughout her productive life.
The TN70 is renowned as the best sow in the world, producing large litters of strong, uniform piglets that excel in fast, feed efficient growth and carcass quality. Read more about why we think the TN70 is the best sow in the world.
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