Management factors lead to swine feeding success – Part two

Posted on November 17, 2017 in Swine Performance

Editor’s note:  This is the second article in a three-part series on the impacts of management factors on swine feeding success.

By Lynnea Courtney
As we discussed in part one of this series, pig performance is impacted by a multitude of management and environmental factors, such as feed management.  Another important factor to consider is water management.  Monitoring water availability and quality in your barns is an essential area to optimize swine health and productivity. 

Overview of the Canadian Pork Industry – Part two

Posted on July 18, 2017 in Swine Performance

Editor’s note: This is the second article in a three-part series comparing the Canadian pork industry to the U.S. pork industry.

By Garrett Rozeboom
In part one of this series, I compared the exports, imports, and hog census data of the U.S. and Canadian pork industries.  Regardless of the differences, both countries benefit from the other.  In this second part, I will discuss the differences and similarities in swine diet ingredients and formulation methodologies used in both countries.

Up to the Challenge: Vita Plus Swine Summit 2017 Recap

Posted on April 24, 2017 in Swine Performance

More than 150 hog producers, industry peers and Vita Plus employee owners attended Vita Plus Swine Summit 2017 on March 29 and 30 in Morton, Minnesota.  Click the links below for complete event coverage, including articles, videos and speaker presentations.

Management factors lead to swine feeding success – Part one

Posted on March 24, 2017 in Swine Performance

Editor’s note:  This is the first article in a three-part series on the impacts of management factors on swine feeding success.

By Lynnea Courtney
Poor management and environmental conditions can have a large impact on pig performance.  Many performance-limiting factors are avoidable, but they are often overlooked.  Proper management of feed, water, and the environment can help achieve optimal swine health and productivity. 

Overview of the Canadian Pork Industry – Part one

Posted on February 28, 2017 in Swine Performance

Editor’s note: This is the first article in a three-part series comparing the Canadian pork industry to the U.S. pork industry.

By Garrett Rozeboom
Pork production is a big sector of the Canadian agriculture industry and the Canadian pork industry has established itself as a major player in the global pork supply.  The Canadian pork industry is similar to the U.S. industry in many ways, but some differences also make it unique in the global markets. 

The veterinary feed directive is (almost) here!

Posted on December 28, 2016 in Swine Performance

By Tad TeBockhorst
Unless you’ve been living under the slats in your finisher, you know the fast approaching veterinary feed directive (VFD) regulations have been at the center of discussion in the animal agriculture community.  Concern and confusion has risen from producers, feed distributors, and veterinarians alike regarding how to interpret these new regulations, as well as questions as to how the new rules will be enforced.  As January 1 quickly approaches, here are a few points to keep in mind.

Minimizing mycotoxin contamination in your swine feed

Posted on November 29, 2016 in Swine Performance

By Dr. Leah Gesing
Mycotoxin contamination in swine feed is going to be a concern for many producers in the year ahead.  We can’t change the situation, but, with proper education, awareness and mitigation strategies, we can limit the negative impact mycotoxins can have on your operation.  As we finish the 2016 harvest and begin to include the new corn crop and by-products from the new crop in swine diets, keep the following points in mind...

Improve bottom line results with internal benchmarking

Posted on October 29, 2016 in Swine Performance

By Nate Brown
If you work in the pork industry, you are well aware of the economic challenges it faces.  Some industry analysts have made comments on the current market conditions that bring back echoes of 1998.

A good creep

Posted on May 3, 2016 in Swine Performance

By Dr. Leah Gesing
Average piglet wean age has crept higher in the last several years as the swine industry has begun to more fully realize the benefits of weaning an older, heavier pig.  

Hidden Opportunities: Vita Plus Swine Summit 2016 Recap

Posted on April 12, 2016 in Swine Performance

About 200 pork producers, Vita Plus employee owners and industry peers met in Morton, Minnesota for Vita Plus Swine Summit 2016 on March 30 and 31.  In addition to networking with their peers, attendees learned about the latest trends in pork production, management and markets from industry experts. 

Preventing sow lameness is a wise goal

Posted on February 4, 2016 in Swine Performance

By Dr. Leah Gesing
Generally, a replacement gilt does not pay for herself until she has farrowed at least three litters  For each additional litter a sow has beyond the third, the fixed cost of piglet production drops drastically.  As a result, increasing longevity and reducing sow culling must be a key focus of any profitable pork operation. 

Managing market weights can have significant profit impacts

Posted on January 18, 2016 in Swine Performance

By Nate Brown
It wasn’t very long ago when it seemed pork producers couldn’t get pigs heavy enough because the base price was so good the marginal income over feed continued to drop profit into the bottom line. 

Times have changed.

Better margins with increased feed efficiency

Posted on December 1, 2015 in Swine Performance
By Dr. Leah Gesing During periods of slim margins in swine production, this may be the best time to place a sharper focus on the “small things” you can do to improve feed efficiency, thereby improving the profitability of your operation. Two ways to impact feed efficiency are to make changes to the actual form

More clarity on upcoming antibiotic rules

Posted on October 27, 2015 in Swine Performance
By Dr. Leah Gesing 2017 seems like a long way off, but we know “time flies” and it won’t be long before the full effect of the upcoming rules regarding antibiotics and the veterinary feed directive (VFD) are felt by producers. Beginning on January 1, 2017, all antibiotics deemed medically important by the Food and

Engage Your Team to Retain Quality Employees

Posted on October 5, 2015 in Swine Performance
By Dr. Leah Gesing The list of challenges facing pork producers can sometimes seem overwhelming.  The threat of new or emerging diseases, impending new rules on the use of antibiotics, and the ongoing challenge of maintaining profitability top the lists of many producers’ concerns. Another crucial challenge for swine operations is the need to find

Effectively using mold inhibitors and mycotoxin binders

Posted on September 8, 2015 in Swine Performance
By Dr. Leah Gesing Some parts of the Midwest experienced extended periods of both rainfall and drought this summer.  It is expected that affected areas will have a higher prevalence of molds and mycotoxins in harvested grains this fall.  In fact, Dairyland Laboratories, Inc. recently tweeted that, since June 1, more than 60 percent of