A look back at 2019 in hopes for an even better 2020!
Jan 03, 2020
African Swine Fever has opened the door for pork producers to potentially see an increased value in pigs going to market. But with the increase in demand from China, there will also be some increased regulations. Over the past several months, many of the packers in the Midwest have informed producers that they will no longer be accepting pigs that have been feed Ractopamine (Paylean). Ractopamine has helped producers put more weight on in late finishing and improve efficiency at a time when pigs are the least efficient at converting feed into gain.
Central Farm Service is following suit, with three of our four feed mills being Ractopamine Free, ensuring that pigs feed on these mills will not be exposed to any Ractopamine when they go to the market. However, this will still create a lag for producers, especially as we get into the summer months. To overcome this, we have seen great success utilizing a product called Ambitine. Ambitine has a 2 lb. inclusion and is fed to pigs from 200 lbs. up to market weight. With Ambitine, there is no need to change the ration or increase protein levels as there would be with Ractopamine. Ambitine, a completely natural product, is a blend of plant extracts and acidifiers. We have seen improvements of around 4% in ADG and 2-3% in feed conversion. The anticipated cost is around $0.50-0.60 per pig, depending on the target market weight.
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Please join us as we celebrate the opening of our new feed mill in St. James. We are excited to provide mill tours with our experienced staff and guides, we are eager to share information about our new facility and it's fit for the industry and the community. Join us after for a pork chop dinner and a chance to meet with other members of the CFS team.
Planting and weather conditions are the name of the game currently. With planting progress looking very favorable and the weather forecast showing above normal temps and below normal precipitation for much of the corn belt all signs point to very good planting conditions. With that, we gave up yesterday’s gains on old crop and put in some new lows on December corn.