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Phase feeding for growing and finishing pigs (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)

{Tool} Phase feeding for growing and finishing pigs (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract). Creator(s): Presto Åkerfeldt, Magdalena. Issuing Organisation(s): SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract, no. 015. (2020)

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Summary in the original language of the document

Phase feeding will more closely match the pig’s nutrient requirements and minimise the over- and underfeeding of nutrients. The feed will be better utilised by the pigs, in favour of both production economy and reduced N-emissions.
Practical recommendation
• To get the maximum benefit from phase feeding, diets and feeding should be established based on actual animal performance and profitability/performance goals for each stage of production. It is easier to develop with a small number of pigs per batch (to manage heterogeneity)
• Diets should be formulated on a digestible amino acid basis rather than on a total amino acid or crude protein basis, crude protein should preferably be kept at a low level and ingredients should be analysed for their nutrient contents.
• A phase feeding system is complex and factors such as the availability of high-quality protein feed ingredients, the managing and ordering of feed as well as the need for additional feed bins on the farm must be considered.
• Consult with an advisor or nutritionist to adjust the feeding plan accordingly to meet the production goals.

EPrint Type:Practice tool
What problem does the tool address?:Large variation between pigs in a litter or production batch makes it difficult to target their nutrient requirements for optimal growth. Diets are therefore formulated with higher lysine and protein contents than recommended, resulting in wastage of nutrients and unnecessarily high N-emissions.
What solution does the tool offer?:A phase feeding plan, with two or more phases, will better reflect the actual need of protein and amino acids for pigs at different live weights (growth phases) as dietary content of crude protein and essential amino acids is decreasing with increasing age of the pigs.
Type of Practice Tool:Practice abstracts
Keywords:animal husbandry, pigs, swine, feeding, proteins, lysine, protein feed ingredients
Agrovoc keywords:
animal husbandry
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Pigs
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > OK-Net EcoFeed
European Union > Horizon 2020 > OK-Net EcoFeed > OK-Net Ecofeed Tools
Sweden > Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) > Department of Animal Nutrition and Management
European Union > Organic Farm Knowledge
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:773911
Related Links:https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/35451, https://orgprints.org/35451, https://www.slu.se, https://www.facebook.com/organicfarmknowledge/photos/a.341364110046066/687615728754234, https://twitter.com/farm_knowledge/status/1268465866901008384
Project ID:ofk
Deposited By: Willer, Dr. Helga
ID Code:35451
Deposited On:29 May 2020 10:11
Last Modified:02 May 2024 10:32
Document Language:English

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