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What have we learned about feeding DDGS to pigs in last 2 years? Part 2

By Jerry Shurson, University of Minnesota Department of Animal Science
© 2018 Feedstuffs. Reprinted with permission from Vol. 90, No. 07, July 2, 2018

Obtaining accurate estimates of energy and the digestible amino acid and phosphorus content of feed ingredients is one of the most important factors for achieving precision swine nutrition when formulating diets.

Using accurate nutritional composition values minimizes the risk of overfeeding or under-feeding energy and nutrients relative to the pig's requirements. They are also important for capturing the greatest economic value of feed ingredients by minimizing "safety margins," which are frequently used to manage uncertainty in the nutritional composition of feed ingredients used in formulating swine diets.

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Corn DDGS is a high-value feed ingredient in swine diets: Part 3

By Jerry Shurson, University of Minnesota Department of Animal Science
© 2018 Feedstuffs. Reprinted with permission from Vol. 90, No. 08, August 6, 2018

Numerous studies have been conducted to evaluate the addition of high-oil (greater than 10% crude fat) and reduced-oil (less than 10% crude fat) dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) sources at inclusion rates of up to 60% of the diet — using metabolizable energy (ME) or net energy (NE) formulation methods — for nursery and growing/finishing pigs.

African Swine Fever in China

With the recent reports of African Swine Fever (ASF) in China it is a reminder of the negative impact that a trade limiting foreign animal disease (FAD) can have on pork producers. In China the ASF outbreak has resulted in quarantines, movement controls and mandatory culling of swine in affected areas in an effort to control the disease.

If you haven't done so already, the Secure Pork Supply plan offers producers the best opportunity to meet the expectations of animal health officials and demonstrate that your pigs are safe to move in event of a FAD. Information can be found at

Biosecurity is Key to Battling Foreign Swine Diseases

By: Diane DeWitte, Swine Extension Educator
Originally printed in The Land - August 24/August 31, 2018

In animal agriculture, especially when we speak about biosecurity, we encounter an alphabet soup of diseases: PRRS (Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome), PEDV (Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus), SVA (Seneca Virus A) and more.

The broader scope includes the category FAD (Foreign Animal Disease), and the three that we do not have in this country: Classical Swine Fever (CSF), Foot & Mouth Disease (FMD) and African Swine Fever (ASF). These three foreign animal diseases are the ones for which the US swine industry is putting together a nationwide strategy of movement and containment, the Secure Pork Supply.

Swine Disease in China
Recently African swine fever made an appearance, and not in a good way. On August 3, 2018, a small pig farm in northeastern China was confirmed as infected with African swine fever. The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that o…

Sharps Disposal Fact Sheet

The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) released a new fact sheet addressing sharps safety. UMASH reports more than 80 percent of producers have accidentally stuck themselves with a needle while working with livestock. To address those accidents, UMASH developed the new fact sheet, which details proper sharps storage and disposal. Click here to view the fact sheet.