How does oil extraction from DDGS impact nutrient and economic values?

Posted on March 28, 2012 in Swine Performance
By Jessica Boehm Following the annual Midwest Animal Science meetings in Des Moines, Iowa last week, NUTRIQUEST hosted a timely meeting to answer the question:  How is oil extraction impacting DDGS value in swine?  The event drew in nutritionists, producers and representatives from the ethanol industry, with a goal of soliciting different perspectives in the

Deciding what ingredients to use in swine diets: Using science as our guide

Posted on March 16, 2012 in Swine Performance
By Dr. Dean Koehler Swine producers are bombarded with dozens of possible ingredients that can be included in swine diets, such as various grains, plant and animal proteins, feed fats, amino acids, byproducts, minerals, phytases, energy enzymes, antibiotics, flavors, mycotoxin binders, probiotics...  The list is very long! And while you are confronted with a considerable

The ever-changing global economy

Posted on March 2, 2012 in Swine Performance
By Al Gunderson Browse the Internet on your tablet or smartphone and you know we’re living in a global world where information flows across borders seamlessly.  That applies to economics too. The Greek debt crisis plunged the whole Euro zone into crisis and affected our U.S. markets.  A huge, global trading company placed a “bet”

Iodine value and packer concerns

Posted on February 17, 2012 in Swine Performance
By Spencer Jones Some pork packers have recently placed increased emphasis on pork carcass composition, specifically fat quality.  Iodine value (IV) is a measurement that estimates the amount of unsatuation present in the fatty acids found in carcass fat.  Unsaturated fats are softer at room temperature.  That means a carcass with higher unsaturated fat content

Ingredient price volatility and what it means for you

Posted on February 2, 2012 in Swine Performance
By Julie Salyer We all know it - feed ingredient markets are in a constant state of flux.  Recent trends have led to some interesting circumstances we haven’t seen in quite some time.  Diligently monitoring prices helps us recognize challenges and opportunities for your swine nutrition program.  The altered price relationships may even temporarily change