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Corn DDGS is a high-value ingredient in swine diets: Part 10

By Dr. Jerry Shurson, University of Minnesota Department of Animal Science © 2019 Feedstuffs. Reprinted with permission from Vol. 91, No. 03, March 4, 2019

A variety of commercial feeder designs are used in commercial swine operations that have various advantages and disadvantages.

Bergstrom et al. (2012) evaluated using conventional dry feeders compared with wet-dry feeders and various feeder adjustment openings on growth performance and carcass characteristics of growing pigs. Results from this study showed that pigs fed using the wet-dry feeders had greater average daily gain (ADG), average daily feed intake (ADFI), hot carcass weight and carcass backfat thickness than pigs fed using dry feeders. They also observed that the wet-dry feeder was more sensitive to differences in feeder adjustments compared with conventional dry feeders.

In a subsequent study, Bergstrom et al. (2014) compared growth performance and carcass characteristics of growing/finishing pigs fed diets containing 20…

Snow Loads on Buildings

The excessive amount of ice and snow this past month has livestock owners concerned about snow load and potential roof collapse. The design roof snow load for residential buildings in MN is set by state statutes and is 42 pounds per square foot (psf) in northern MN and 35 psf in southern MN. However, many agricultural buildings are built using a 20 psf snow load which would be expected to handle six feet of dry, fluffy snow or one foot of wet, heavy snow.

Microbiome studies in swine systems: Challenges and opportunities (Part 1)

Reprinted as posted on Swine in Minnesota blog. Report written by Dr. Andres Gomez, University of Minnesota Department of Animal Science

Key Points
Microbiome and more specifically the bacteria residing in the gut play multiple roles related with nutrition and health.The study of swine gut bacteria is still in its early stages, and the field contains many possibilities exciting possibilities.Funding and microbiome classification are two of the most important barriers to overcome in order to gain insight into the complex field of swine gut bacteria.Continue Reading.

Microbiome studies in swine systems: Challenges and opportunities (Part 2)

Reprinted as posted on Swine in Minnesota blog. Report written by Dr. Andres Gomez, University of Minnesota Department of Animal Science

Key Points

Due to the nature of microbiome it cannot be studied separated from other relevant information and should be studied together with metabolomics, genomics, immunity and nutrition.Development of models at different levels are needed to evaluate the effect on microbiome of different strategies and to evaluate the impact of microbiome changes on the pig gut health.Continue Reading.

Corn DDGS is a high-value feed ingredient for swine: Part 9

By Dr. Jerry Shurson, University of Minnesota Department of Animal Science
© 2019 Feedstuffs. Reprinted with permission from Vol. 91, No. 02, February 11, 2019


Phosphorus is the third most expensive component of swine diets, and unlike all other grains and grain co-products, dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) contain a high concentration of total and digestible phosphorus.

Therefore, when adding DDGS to swine diets formulated on a digestible phosphorus basis, significant reductions in inorganic supplementation and diet cost can be achieved. In addition, many ethanol plants add phytase during the ethanol and DDGS production process, which further improves the phosphorus digestibility of DDGS but also contributes to variation in digestible phosphorus content among DDGS sources (Rodrigues-Reis et al., 2018).

Biosecurity LIVE from MN Pork Congress

This year at MN Pork Congress, the University of
Minnesota Swine Group not only had a booth, but
also had the Biosecure Entry Education Trailer (BEET) on display to show folks the educational tool available to teach biosecurity. Swine Extension Educators, Sarah Schieck and Diane DeWitte recorded a Facebook Live video from the 2019 MN Pork Congress trade show floor. Watch from our UMN Swine Extension Facebook page.

Sarah Schieck and Diane DeWitte, along with Abby Neu, Poultry Extension Educator, use the BEET unit when doing biosecurity education. So far the trailer has been used to provide biosecurity programming to pork production companies, poultry groups, industry and Minnesota 4-H livestock groups. If you would like us to provide biosecurity programming to your group, contact Sarah Schieck (schi0466@umn.edu or 320-235-0726 ext. 2004) or Diane DeWitte (stouf002@umn.edu or 507-389-5541).

Waste to Worth Conference

Waste to Worth brings together the nation's best science on animal agriculture and the environment
with:
Innovative outreachOpportunities to meet and network with outstanding peopleMix with multidisciplinary specialists in a collaborative atmosphere Join us for the 2019 Waste to Worth Conference on April 22 - 26, 2019. See Program details posted on the conference website (ccaps.umn.edu/waste-worth-2019).

Registration is now open! See Registration and Tours for details. Register by March 31, 2019 for early bird pricing.

Waste to Worth will be held at the Graduate Minneapolis hotel. See conference Location, Parking and Accommodations for lodging, parking and accommodation information. Hotel room block ends April 1, 2019, so make hotel reservations prior to those dates.

Swine Production Seminar March 20 in Okoboji, IA

University of Minnesota Extension is co-sponsoring a swine production seminar along with Iowa State University Extension, Hubbard and Elanco on March 20 at Arrowwood Resort Conference Center (1405 Hwy 71) in Okoboji, IA. RSVP to Lori Stevermer at 507-388-9471 or lori.stevermer@hubbardfeeds.com by March 14.

Speakers and Topics

9:30 a.m. Registration and Welcome

10:00 a.m. Pork Industry Update; What's the Future Look Like?
                      Bill Even, National Pork Board, CEO 
11:00 a.m. Adapting to Change to Reach Production Goals                      Jim Moody, Hanor USA

Noon        Lunch

1:00 p.m. Leading Pig Health Issues; How to Survive in an Unhealthy World                     Darin Madson (VDPAM), Iowa State University

2:00 p.m. Defining Teamwork; Coaching Employees to Succeed                     Tom Koch, Hubbard Feeds

3:00 p.m. Wrap it up... Open discussion on other topics

Recently Published

Congratulations to the following swine faculty and educators from the Swine Extension Team who have had their work published recently.

Jang, J., Zeng. Z., Shurson, G., & Urriola, P. (2018). Effect of gas production recording system and inoculum volume on in vitro fermentation of corn distillers dried grains with solubles (cDDGS) or soybean hulls using pig fecal inoculum. Journal of Animal Science, 96, Suppl. 3, 166(Abstract).

Pardo, F., Wayne, S., Culhane, M., Perez, A., Allerson, M., & Torremorell, M. (2019). Effect of strain-specific maternally-derived antibodies on influenza A virus infection dynamics in nursery pigs. PLOS ONE, 14(1) e0210700. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0210700.

Shin, E., Shurson, G., & Gallaher, D. (2018). Antioxidant capacity and phytochemical content of 16 sources of corn distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS). Animal Nutrition, 4(4): 435-441. doi: 10.1016/j.aninu.2018.07.003.

Zeng, Z., Trudeau, M., Li, Q., Wang, D., Jang, J., Shurson, G., &…

Recertify for PQA Plus and TQA Online

Do you need to recertify for PQA Plus and/or TQA but a face-to-face training isn't at a convenient location or time for you? You can recertify for PQA Plus and/or TQA online!

No matter if you are seeking certification for the first time or your certification has expired.

In order to get online training access a person must contact a PQA Plus Advisor or TQA Advisor to be granted access to those respective programs. Your University of Minnesota Swine Extension Educators Sarah Schieck and Diane DeWitte serve as PQA Plus Trainers and TQA Advisors so feel free to reach out to us to gain access to online training for PQA plus and TQA.

Diane DeWitte - stouf002@umn.edu or 507-389-5541
Sarah Schieck - schi0466@umn.edu or 320-235-0726 ext. 2004