During the forum, producers and industry representatives discussed the importance of a balanced herd parity structure, gilt development, nutrition and feeding, and management for achieving greater sow longevity and 30 pigs per sow per year (psy).
“Most of our genetics in the U.S. have the potential to produce 30 psy, but yet there’s a small number of producers that are able to achieve that level,” said Dan Moran, director of marketing-swine for Purina Animal Nutrition and emcee of the Feeding for 30® Forum. “We have the genetic potential; what’s holding us back is nutritional attention and animal husbandry. That’s really what our forum and information are about: creating discussion and providing additional information to take advantage of that genetic potential.”
Each year, the Feeding for 30® partners share research and facilitate discussion with producers on a topic that relates to sow productivity. This year’s focus was sow longevity – a production component that Moran says is essential in achieving 30 psy.
“Most industry would say it’s not until after the third parity that you start receiving a return on your investment,” he said. “To achieve that profitability in the third, fourth, fifth parity and beyond, it’s going to take extra nutritional management.”
At the forum, the Feeding for 30® panel of industry members and producers first shared industry research and experiences on sow longevity. The forum was then opened to questions from the audience. The panel was comprised of three industry representatives involved with sow nutrition and management and one producer nearing 30 psy.