Precision feeding: What’s best for the sow?

Source: Jennifer Shike, Farm Journal’s Prok, 24 September 24, photo credit:

Research shows what technology, and in particular precision feeding, can do to improve efficiency in a commercial swine farm setting. 

But two things hold producers back from implementing precision feeding systems into their operations: cost and lack of knowledge and understanding of how to use the technology, said Bruno Silva, professor and researcher in nutrition and swine production and environmental adaptation at the Universidad Federal de Minais Gerais in Brazil, during the Gestal Swine Summit.

“At the end of the day, if you do your math correctly, it does pay off. I think it’s really something worth looking to invest in,” Silva said during a panel discussion.

Francis Simard, director of nutrition development at Trouw Nutrition Canada, believes the industry is getting close to being able to have cost-effective application of precision feeding on the farm. 
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The South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) coordinates industry interventions and collaboratively manages risks in the value chain to enable the sustainability and profitability of pork producers in South Africa.