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Swine Nutritionists Strive to Improve Nutritional Value of Feed

Researchers working on behalf of Swine Innovation Porc are evaluating various feed increments, feed additives and feed processing technologies in an effort to help pork producers get the most value from the money they invest in feed.

As part of a multi institutional multidisciplinary research effort being conducted on behalf of Swine Innovation Pork researchers are looking at feeding programs for growing-finishing pigs to enhance global competitiveness opportunities across Canada.

Dr. Ruurd Zijlstra, an animal science professor with the University of Alberta, says the feed ingredients themselves as well technologies to allow the pig to extract more nutrients from the feed such as feed additives or processing including processing of the ingredient or the entire feed will influence the nutritional value of the feed.

Dr. Ruurd Zijlstra-University of Alberta:
Nutrition or feeding of a pig, even though feed cost prices thankfully have come down a little bit, they're still a major cost of production so any increase in efficiency of using the nutrients in that are in those feedstuffs that you can gather directly brings money back to the producer.

You can look at that from better understanding the feedstuff that you can feed, looking at how can you improve the feedstuff that you feed using processing, you can think of are there different technologies that could be applied to that you can link nutrient requirements from an individual pig to the feed that that individual pig is providing, you can look at it carefully screening what are the nutrient requirements of the entire herd and also the final step is making sure that that actually works in practice.
So I think with this project we've gathered some nice pieces of a puzzle in order to achieve that.

Dr. Zijlstra says information gathered through this research will help nutritionists who formulate the rations improve their feeding programs and if you end up with better feeding programs it should result in increases in net income for the pork producer.

Source: Farmscape


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