Weaning two piglets more per sow
The number of total born piglets went up by 3.6 per year per sow, and the number of liveborn went up by 2.7 per sow per year through the first three months after feeding the gestating sows:
“The sows deliver more but also more vital piglets. We still want to decrease the number of stillborn piglets. It seems the sows sometimes push too hard, losing some of the piglets along the way. We have stopped using oxytocin to stimulate labour and contractions, as it is no longer needed, we sometimes even give them Stresnil to relax them instead of oxytocin.”
According to Bankers Agro, the liveborn piglets seem more vital than before, and the sows take better care of even larger litter sizes compared to before when as many as 14.7 piglets were weaned per weaning on average:
“We hardly need nursing sows, since we use the ‘big litter concept’ from Swinco. We want to keep it that way, so milk yield needs to be good. We help the sows by having milk cups from day three and onwards. After using EP199 the sows can take care of more piglets, and now wean 15.7 piglets per weaning or 2.4 piglets a year extra.”
EP199 affects the amount of lactation feed as well, says Wilfred:
“We have reduced the maximum amount of feed in the farrowing section twice, without a drop in milk yield or body condition, though they wean a piglet more per litter. First, we lowered it from 7 kilos to 6.4 kilos and then to 6.2 kilos; we plan to reduce it to 6 kilos now. We reduce the feed because the sows exit the farrowing section in too good of a condition, making timely and successful insemination more difficult.”
Bankers Agro saw a difference in the piglets in the days after farrowing:
“We used to have problems with E. coli a few days after and sometimes also in the second week after farrowing. That is no longer an issue, and our mortality has dropped to 10.9%. Piglets from first litters still get diarrhoea occasionally but recover within a few days and without losses or lasting effects on the piglets. We expect it to decrease even further until diarrhoea is almost non-existing.”
Farrowing rate of 93%
The sows keep good body condition throughout lactation, which has improved the non-return and farrowing rates:
“We now have a farrowing rate of 93%, which is well above the average of the 10% best Dutch pig producers. It makes insemination much more effective and saves labor as we don’t have to re-inseminate as many as before EP199.”
Making more with less
The functional protein improves the guts’ ability to utilize feed, making more out of the feed supplied.
In total, Bankers Agro saved 11% or 156 kilos of feed per sow per year and went from 1,412 to 1,255 kilos a year including the feed for the breeding gilts from 25 kg onwards. The sows wean 2.24 piglets per year more on much less feed and the amount of piglet feed per sold piglet reduced by 12.5%.
“We are still in the process of reducing sow feed, as they continue to keep good body condition.”, say’s Wilfred Bankers.
More time for maintenance
The results go beyond productivity for sows as the employees have more time to do the job:
“The sows take better care of the piglets, keep more piglets alive, and less need to be re-inseminated. It means that we now have time half a day per week for maintenance and development ourselves, as we finish the tasks ahead of time. “
Gut health boosts the bottom line
EP199 came at an extra cost compared to the traditional sow feed, while the piglet feed was just a bit more expensive.
In return, Bankers Agro got 2.24 more piglets weaned, reduced diarrhoea, and saved more than 11% of the amount of feed and a total of 3.5% of the feed cost.
Keeping other costs and the piglet sales price fixed, Bankers Agro now earns 114 EUR more per sow per year amounting to proximately 170.000 EUR more per year.
“After learning about our results, Dutch farmers have asked us how we managed to get these results, several of them already decided to try it on their own farm as well.”
Want to know more about EP199?
EP199 is a functional protein made from lacto-fermented rapeseed and seaweed. The protein contains pre- and probiotics and most importantly, more than 1,000 different metabolites that have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory features.
The protein supports a healthy gut through changes of the animals’ gut microbiome. Beneficial bacteria are promoted, and pathogens repressed increasing the nutrient utilization, reducing inflammation, and most importantly providing more nutrients, antibodies, and a better microbiome to the developing foetuses and the newborn piglets.
The feeding concept “The first 175 days”
European Protein has a holistic approach to healthier animals. Healthy animals start with a healthy mother and a healthy start in life.
The first 175 days refers to the collective period of insemination, gestation, and lactation up to 20-30-kilo piglet. During these 175 days, the piglet’s health-DNA is founded based on the health and better microbiome of their mother that also gives the piglets a better start in life.
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