The Feeding for 30 Forum panelists included:
*Dan McManus, DVM, young animal specialist-swine for Purina Animal Nutrition
*Jon Bergstrom, Ph.D., market development manager-swine for DSM Nutritional Products
*Derald Holtkamp, DVM, associate professor of veterinarian diagnostic and production animal medicine for Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
*Steve Huegerich, national director of swine operations for GSC Agribusiness in Coon Rapids, Iowa
*Dave Hansen, owner and operator of Hansen Haven and Hansen Hog West in Coleridge, Nebraska
*Steve Stitzlein, production supervisor at Heimerl Farms in Johnstown, Ohio
The three producer panelists highlighted areas that have helped them move closer to 30 psy. This includes full-feeding sows through lactation, increased attention to birth weights and colostrum, and piglet care immediately after farrowing. The producer panelists have current psy rates between 26 and 30.4 and together manage close to 30,000 sows.
Dave Hansen has reached 27 psy with practices like benchmarking birth weights and improving colostrum and colostrum intake. "We're not to 30, but we've got a couple really good crews," he notes. "1. We're feeding Healthy EDGE Technology. 2. We've been really aggressive at attending more farrowings." Feeding Purina's Healthy EDGE Technology improves colostrum quality, while attending the births makes sure piglets are consuming colostrum. "We try to be there 18 hours a day," Hansen says.
"The panel discussion and the success of these panelists in the field show that 30 psy is a goal that we can achieve," McManus says. "When you're trying to hit that goal, it's a package deal. You need good genetics and you need good nutrition. Beyond those pieces, the farms that are the most successful also have a very good, motivated team of people through all stages of production."
Swine producers, veterinarians and nutritionists can learn more about the Feeding for 30 program and access nutritional resources at the Feeding for 30 website or Facebook page. To sign-up for monthly e-management tips, visit this link.