|Industry-wide initiative continues to positively impact sow productivity through improved sow nutrition and management; new partnerships and programs planned for 2013.
Purina Animal Nutrition celebrates the one year anniversary of the Feeding for 30® program and welcomes new partners to further this industry-wide initiative.
Launched in 2012, the Feeding for 30® program builds on the industry goal of achieving 30 pigs per sow per year (psy) and aims to promote sow management and nutrition practices to boost performance starting in the gestation and farrowing bars and continuing through all growing phases. Researchers behind the program explain that meeting the benchmark of 30 psy has economic and herd health benefits. Sow nutrition is highlighted as a priority to meet the industry goal while maintaining longevity within herds. The program was started by Purina Animal Nutrition in partnership with Zinpro Corporation.
“When we created the Feeding for 30® program, we knew that properly feeding sows promotes their health and well-being – allowing better potential of achieving 30 healthy piglets weaned each year,” says Elena Lindemann, lactating livestock marketing director with Purina Animal Nutrition. “To share this message we have been providing tools to producers aimed to improve productivity, including: monthly management tips, online resources through www.Feedingfor30.com, a discussion forum on Facebook and research-sharing at industry events.”
Sow productivity rates in the U.S. are on the rise, but research shows there is still room for improvement in how these more productive sows are fed and managed. When Swine Management Systems, LLC in Fremont, Neb., started their database a few years ago, there were no farms over 30 psy. New data clearly shows industry growth. Out of 822 farms analyzed, representing 1.3 million sows in the U.S., 16 operations are now consistently over 30 psy with measurable growth in many of the operations.1
This year, the Feeding for 30® program welcomes another partner. DSM is joining Purina Animal Nutrition and Zinpro Corporation to share information and research to help producers improve sow nutrition and management.
“We are pleased to have Zinpro Corporation and DSM as industry partners of the Feeding for 30® program as we help producers achieve their goals,” Lindemann says.
The Feeding for 30® program will next take center stage at World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, through an educational seminar titled: “Feeding for 30® Forum: Sow Nutrition and Management in Focus.” The event is planned for June 5 at 3:00 p.m. in the Varied Industry Building Meeting Room B. All producers and industry members are invited to attend the seminar.
Swine producers, veterinarians and nutritionists are also encouraged to learn more about the Feeding for 30® program and access nutritional resources by visiting www.Feedingfor30.com or www.facebook.com/Feedingfor30. To sign-up for monthly e-management tips, visit bit.ly/OXL5yn.