Purina - Nursery

Nursery Pigs Resource Center

Getting heavier pigs out of the nursery

Feeding UltraCare® Swine Electrolytes for 3 to 4 days resulted in heavier pigs out of the nursery. This trial demonstrated 1.69 lb heavier nursery end weights when compared to pigs receiving no electrolytes. Click here to read more.

Working towards 30 P/S/Y: Piglet Considerations

The goal of achieving 30 piglets weaned per sow per year is a far greater challenge than genetic selection for increased litter size alone.  Critical economic factors that may influence the financial potential of this goal include piglet performance on several levels. Click here to read more.

Challenge: High Feed Cost; Solution: Pelleted Diets

Did you know pigs fed the UltraCare® program in pelleted form may have between 7.3 to 13.2% optimized feed conversion during Phase 2, 3, 4 and overall when compared to meal? Click here to read more.

Creep Feed Results from 2010 IA field trial

The effect of creep feeding on nursery performance, in trials conducted at Longview, as well as a 3,000 sow farm in SD and their nurseries in IA. Click here to read more.

Immunity and Gastrointestinal Function at Weaning

During the first week of weaning, pigs have a reduced growth rate which is related in part to low and variable water and feed intake. Additionally, the newly-weaned pigs’ immune and digestive systems are still maturing, making the piglet more susceptible to enteric antigenic challenges (nutritional or microbial), which can also cause a reduction in feed intake. What are some of these changes in the pigs’ gastrointestinal tract and immunity at weaning, and why are they important? Click here to read more.

Pig Body Weight Variation. A Hidden Nemesis

Pig body weight variation doesn’t just happen in the finisher. Variation magnifies itself throughout the life of the pig, and becomes greater as pigs age. This article discusses what is an acceptable amount of variation and how it can be reduced. Click here to read more.

Gel Supplementation after Long Haul Transportation (> 7 Hours) Increases Pig Weaning Weights and Improves Survival during the Nursery and Wean-to-Finish Period

This article discusses how gel feed supplementation improves pig performanceandthe results of a commercial study conducted in Iowa to evaluate gel supplementation on starter performance and survival after long-haul transportation. Click here to read more.

Maintaining Performance during Vaccination Time

A recent study was conducted at Iowa State University to evaluate gel feed supplementation on pig performance during time of vaccination. Pigs fed gel feed one day before to one day after vaccination ate 29.0% more feed and gained 12.3% faster, leading to 1.3 lb heavier pigs out of the nursery when compared to pigs not receiving gel feed during vaccination. Click here to read more.

Gel Feed Supplementation Enhances Performance & Increases Potential Economic Return

Pigs supplemented with gel ate 8.0% more feed and gained 5.3% faster during the overall nursery period (d 0-36) leading to 2.0 lb heavier pigs at the end of the nursery period. Read more about the financial implications of this improvement. Click here to read more.

How to get More Small Pigs to Market

A real dilemma in today’s production world is that 5-10% of pigs delivered to a finisher never make it to an acceptable slaughter weight and are sold discounted, off the market. What can be done to solve the problem. Click here to read more.

Should a Nutrition Feeding Program for Older Weaned Pigs be Different than for Younger Weaned Pigs?

Getting the newly weaned pig started on feed as soon as possible is essential to optimize both nursery performance and subsequent growing finishing performance. The nutritional challenge to weaning is discussed in this paper. Click here to read more.

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