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Right farrowing strategy pays off
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ARGUABLY one of the most expensive stages of the slaughter pigs’ life for the producer is the grower phase – where often there are a significant amounts of feed wastage and inef- ficient feed conversion, affecting the bottom line.
as the third phase ac- counts for 60 percent of the young piglet’s feed costs.
There will always be a loss of feed efficiency due to stress at the point of weaning, of course.
Each diet change should be incorporated over a few days, so that no sudden changes are made to the piglets’ diet which may put them off their food.
However, if the piglet is set up properly from the farrowing unit, this can be minimised.
the key to a healthy pig. By the end of the pig- let’s time in the far- rowing unit, the length of both the small and large intestine have tripled, and this early growth and development process will determine the pig- let’s capacity and effi- ciency to digest nutrients
have a good feed conver- sion ratio.
Several management routines can be imple- mented to encourage maximum feed intake in the weaner unit.
The nutrition focus for young piglets should be on providing them with a highly digestible diet, that allows them to both develop resilient gut mi- crobiota and grow their intestines so that they are able to develop a max- imum nutrient absorp- tion surface.
Piglets need to eat around 0.5kg of dry feed – pre starter diet – be- fore weaning, and those that have not eaten this amount will have a more significant weaning weight drop.
As mentioned, this be- gins in the farrowing unit by training piglets to eat creep feed, as the more solid feed piglets eat before weaning, the faster they will eat after weaning.
JBS Australia chief executive officer Brent Eastwood.
JBS Australia to acquire Rivalea
As many have quoted before, a healthy gut is
for the rest of their life. If you limit the early growth of the intestine, it gives a lifelong negative effect to the pig and they will never catch up or
In Denmark, phase feeding is recommended for piglets to meet the requirement of the small intestine growth and en- zyme activity.
In the first 2-3 days after weaning, stimulate the piglets to eat and drink by offering them a gruel mix via a long feeding trough or floor feeding, where all piglets are able to eat together.
“JBS Australia is committed to building on these strong founda- tions and growing the business through new opportunities for Aus- tralian grown pork.
A healthy gut is the key to a healthy pig. Photo: Dan Renco
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This is an important factor to remember when considering efficiency,
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“Rivalea is a leader in the Australian pork sector with a strong
Rivalea is a leading pork producer and processor with operations in both NSW and Victoria.
These piglets often also get diarrhoea as they re- frain from eating in the few days post weaning and then overeat later on.
Make sure creep feed is provided in small amounts regularly in clean and easily acces- sible feeders.
JBS Australia Group announced an agree- ment to acquire 100 percent of Rivalea Holdings Pty Ltd and 100 percent of Oxdale Dairy Enterprise Pty Ltd – together Rivalea – from Singapore-listed food company QAF Limited.
team and track record of sustainable pork pro- duction,” Mr Eastwood said.
tional export markets. “JBS has a long and proud history of sup- porting and growing its Australian businesses – investing heavily in its local operations and do- mestic brands, while at the same time providing employment opportuni- ties and supporting the regional economies in
Phase 1 is fed between 1-9kg and is a pre-starter feed, beginning as creep feed in the farrowing unit and ending 14 days post weaning.
Limit the number of lit- ters mixed in the one pen to reduce cross in- fections and have a sepa- rate pen for the smallest piglets, so that they can receive extra attention and care to their growth.
Rivalea Holdings owns two subsidiaries incorporated in Aus- tralia namely, Rivalea (Australia) Pty Ltd, and is a majority shareholder in Diamond Valley Pork Pty Ltd.
“Our acquisition of Rivalea will enable us to expand into the breeding, growing, fat- tening and finishing of pigs – an area where JBS Australia does not currently operate.
which we operate.”
JBS Australia looks forward to working closely with Rivalea’s management and work- force, existing cus- tomers, suppliers and contractors once the
In this phase, the in- gredients must be highly digestible, with very low antinutritional factors to allow for the maximum development of the pig- lets’ digestive system.
Enabling a gradual and gentle nutritional change from a milk-based diet to a non-milk based diet will ensure piglets meet their growth potential in an sustainable and eco- nomic way, and this will help to reduce the weight loss at weaning.
Rivalea is a leading vertically integrated pork producer and pro- cessor with operations in both NSW and Vic- toria, supporting high quality pork production for the Australian do- mestic and international export markets.
“We intend to grow the use of domestic pork in JBS Australia’s opera- tions, particularly within our Primo business, through further value- adding and processing, while unlocking new opportunities for Aus- tralian pork in interna-
transaction is approved. The acquisition is sub- ject to relevant regula- tory approvals including the Australian Compe- tition and Consumer Commission and the Foreign Investment Re-
Phase 2 is fed between 9-15kg and is the transi- tion feed from the pre- starter to the last diet, providing the right nu- trients for both rapid growth and increased enzyme production.
JBS Australia chief executive officer Brent Eastwood said JBS plans to invest significantly in the Rivalea business to expand opportunities for both fresh and value- added Australian pork products in domestic and international mar- kets.
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The final piglet phase is fed between 15-30kg and is a standard grain and soy diet, allowing for a low-cost diet without any high-quality ingre- dients.
The returns will appear in the grower finisher period, when piglets are able to effectively digest and utilise nutrients pro- vided to them.
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