Alternative ingredients could lower feed costs
Pork producers dealing with higher input costs should
consult a nutritionist to explore options presented by alternative feed
ingredients, according to Hans Stein, swine nutritionist from the University of
Stein said a number of feed alternatives are available at different locations
in the state that could replace a portion of the corn in pig
Distillers dried grains (DDGs) "obviously
are one thing we have a lot of here in Illinois and are available to everyone,"
said Stein, who was a featured speaker last week at feed cost management
seminars hosted by the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) at Princeton
IPPA put the seminars together in response to feed
prices that in the last year have increased from roughly 45% to 50-55% of total
input costs. "We feel really comfortable for producers to include up to 20% DDGs
in the diets of all groups of pigs, if the diet is formulated correctly," Stein
"In many cases, we probably could feed (as much as 30 to 40%
DDGs) but we don't have the research to prove it yet."
Producers also may include everything from oats, barley,
and wheat byproducts to leftover products from the food processing industry in
pigs' diets, Stein said.
"There are several alternative products that
are being marketed to the (pork) industry at relatively attractive prices," he
said. Producers looking to lower feed costs with alternative products first must
be willing to change aspects of their operation and their mindset, Stein said.
"Feed costs definitely have gone up," he said.
Producers need to
"accept the idea that the days when the lowest feed cost was a mix of corn and
soy meal probably are over. It's a different scenario now."
for more bins
Pork producers also may have a need for more bins or
holding facilities if they want to expand the menu of feed
"Many producers are limited on how many ingredients they can
utilize because they only have a few bins on their operation for corn and soy
meal," he said.
"We believe it could be profitable to add bin space
to be able to buy alternative feed ingredients when they're available."
â€¢ Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA)
â€¢ University of Illinois
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