Multi-phase feeding to reduce feeding costs for pigs

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If pig producers are unable to fully pass on the ever-increasing feed prices in the sales price of pork, their profit margins will inevitably decline. To effectively manage feed costs, it is vital that farmers have a clear insight into the feed consumption on their farms so that improvements can be made. An efficient, automated feeding process that generates extensive stock registration and data feed intake date is essential.

The type of feed, the composition and the quantity are the buttons that can be tweaked in an effort to control feed costs. Pig producers who want greater flexibility in the choice of feed, feed composition and the ration per feeder choose a multi-phase feeding system that dispenses accurately formulated rations at pen or section level. This system increases their control over the feeding process and allows them to feed the right portion in the right composition at each feeding place.

Feed according to need

Feed according to need

Pigs must intake energy which is used for maintenance and growth. Pigs are increasingly able to efficiently convert the nutrients in their feed into meat. It is therefore important to carefully examine the precise nutritional needs of the animals and feed them a ration that is accurately formulated to achieve optimal technical results. As the animals gain weight, their feed can contain relatively fewer nutrients. If the feed composition is not adapted during this phase, mineral rich (nitrogen and phosphate), and more expensive, feed will be fed unnecessarily for too long. This leads to a higher feed conversion rate and higher feed costs. The surplus minerals will also be released to the environment, leading to unnecessarily high nitrogen and phosphorous emissions.

Multi-phase feeding, the right ration for each pig

The multi-phase dry feed system feeds the right portion of mineral rich (nitrogen and phosphorus) feed mixed with a mineral-poor feed per feeding place. The feed composition can be changed daily to precisely suit the animals' needs. The transition to a new feed type is very gradual so the animals have no problems digesting and adapting to a new feed. The feed intake improves, the animals are less susceptible to disease and they grow optimally. Always feeding the animals the right blend, and being able to switch to cheaper feed with less minerals in time allows you to reduce feeding costs.

And feeding according to need also reduces feed waste. Offering smaller feed portions more frequently on demand minimises the risk of (unusable = waste) feed residues left behind in the feeder. 

How does multi-phase feeding work?

The control computer calculates the precise size and composition of the feed ration per valve. It generates an accurate report of the required feed composition. To create the ration, the components in the silo are dosed into the weigher/mixer, weighed accurately and mixed if necessary. It is also possible to add farm-grown ingredients or by-products to the feed as a way of controlling the costs. The clear feed data registration in the control computer enables you to calculate precise index numbers, compare data and make better, informed decisions.

How does multi-phase feeding work?

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