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The need to reduce the overall cost of production remains the number one objective within the pig industry with the feed cost having the biggest impact. The unpredictable and high variability of raw material costs (cereals, proteins and fats) and the ever growing and more complex load of toxins contamination continue to have a negative impact on pig productivity.

As genetic improvements continue in the breeding stock the nutritionist’s challenge is to formulate the correct balance of nutrients throughout the life stages to ensure the increased genetic potential is expressed in terms of ADG, FC and prolificacy. Constraints on feed intake, (especially in the case of piglets and lactating sows) remain an important focus in improving overall financial profitability for a producer.

Besides production, performance is negatively affected by intensive production stresses leading to disease problems, immunological disorders and gut flora imbalances. These problems are more difficult to handle when additives such as AGPs, medicated premixes and zinc oxide are no longer available and the use of alternative additives is required.

These challenges require research organisations, feed and additive manufacturers and pig producers to constantly strive for more efficient and novel ways to overcome the problems faced while at the same time reducing the overall cost of production to ensure a cost competitive final product.

With the aim of assisting the pig producer to meet this broad spectrum of challenges, Innovad has developed a range of products and programs to improve production performance in a number of key areas: improving gut integrity, combatting disease pressures, providing alternative ways to lower or eliminate medicated premixes, stimulating immunity, improving intake, improving growth rates and feed conversion.