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Swine Information at Your Fingertips

This shortcut (ontario.ca/swine) makes it easy to find new information for the swine industry on the OMAFRA website.

There you will find a new video called “Feeder Management in the Grower-Finisher Barn”.  Feed makes up a very large part of the cost of production, and it’s important to manage it well to reduce feed losses, which will reduce feed costs, and also to ensure good production.  This video demonstrates some hands-on tips to help do that.

You will also find a link to the Ontario Grading Data Explorer program, which provides easy access to grading data provided to all producers in Ontario by Ontario Pork.  The program generates some statistics and charts to help interpret the data.

There is also a link to our growing library of podcasts, providing the opportunity to recap speakers from events such as the London Swine Conference.  And don’t forget that the proceedings from London are available at londonswineconference.ca, and the proceedings from the Centralia Swine Research Update are at centraliaswineresearch.ca, both going back over ten years now.

A link to the swine nutrition e-leaning course, with its ten online training modules, can also be found there.

There are also links to the Weekly Hog Market Facts newsletter and the Interactive Swine Budgets, which together give you up-to-date market information as well as the means to estimate cost of production.

The page (ontario.ca/swine) is updated whenever there is something new available. Check it out or watch this blog.

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The swine team at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) have provided management tips that swine producers can utilize to help reduce feed costs in the grower-finisher barn. Since feed accounts for 65 to 75 per cent of the cost of raising a pig, and feed costs keep rising, it makes good business sense to reduce costs through proper feeder management.

 Swine feeder management in the grower-finisher barn is about maintenance of and adjustments to feed systems for savings.  Two per cent feed wastage can amount to six kilograms of feed. OMAFRA’s grower – finisher specialist created a seven-minute video that shows what producers can do to reduce feed waste and costs. The video highlights feeder management tips for improving feed usage in the grower-finisher barn.

The swine feeder management in the grower-finisher barn video is on OMAFRA’s website at ontario.ca/swine.

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