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Prairie Swine Centre/Farm Leadership Council Feed Efficiency Webinars

Posted in: Press Releases by admin on April 23, 2012

With diets costing $50 to $60 per tonne more than budget all farms are looking for feed cost relief. Grain purchasing strategies are an essential part of controlling the total cost of production. With higher feed costs there has been a greater emphasis put on feed efficiency.

Prairie Swine Centre hosted a series of eight one-hour interactive webinars. Between March 5 and June 2012.

Focus on Feed Efficiency webinars are accessible with any internet connection and will include presentations from Research Scientists and pork producers who are making a difference in improving on-farm feed efficiency.

A variety of topics will be introduced to help producers use feed efficiency including the effect of feed processing, herd management effects on feed efficiency, amino acid nutrition, understanding dietary energy concentrations and new feed processing technologies.

Advantages of Attending the Webinars

In order to be competitive in the pork industry producers must know their cost of production. Feed costs represent approximately 60 to 70% of the total cost of production, and therefore represent the greatest opportunity to reduce costs.

During the course of this webinar series Research Scientists and pork producers will present information on improving feed efficiency in swine. By attending the live webinar events pork producers and industry personnel may not only ask the speaker specific questions but receive the answer right away, directly from the expert.

Schedule of Times and Speakers

March 5, 2012 – Dr. Candido Pomar of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada “The Future of Precision Livestock Farming”

March 27, 2012 – Dr. Bob Goodband of Kansas State University “Feeding and Barn Management Factors that Influence Whole Herd Feed Efficiency”

April 10, 2012 – Dr. Aaron Gains of The Maschhoffs “Herd Management Factors that Influence Whole Herd Feed Efficiency”

April 24, 2012 – Dr. Tom Scott, University of Saskatchewan “New Processing Technology that May Influence Feed Efficiency”

May 8, 2012 – Dr. Steve Dritz, Kansas State University “Health Effect on Feed Efficiency”

May 23, 2012 – Dr. Rod Johnson, University of Illinois “Fueling the immune Response: What is the Cost?”

June 5th, 2012 – Dr. Denise Beaulieu, Prairie Swine Centre “Emerging Technologies with Potential to Influence Feed Efficiency”

June 19th, 2012 Dr. John Patience, Iowa State University “Dietary Energy Concentration and Feed Efficiency Targets: What are the Right Questions and Do We Have the Answers?”


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