Swine feed/nutrition issues are an emerging priority for the Checkoff and the Animal Science Committee; feed/nutrition programs can dramatically impact the profitability of pork producers by affecting the total number of pigs currently produced in the U.S. A small change in efficiency or cost reduction can quickly translate into millions of dollars for the producers.The Checkoff team providing oversight to the feed/nutrition program area for the Animal Science Committee is the Feed/Nutrition Advisory Group. This group is comprised of producers, academics and feed/nutrition industry suppliers and representatives. Specifically, the committee stimulates interaction between producers, the feed industry and scientists to establish annual research priorities, develops plans for future research, and facilitates the development of new publications and reference materials for producers. In 2006, two studies will be initiated with the cooperation of the United Soybean Board and the Quali-Soy group. These cooperative efforts will provide scientific information to the pork and soybean commodity groups to increase production efficiencies and promote the consumption and production of both commodities.

Resources:

Full Report – Pork Industry Nutritional Efficiency Consortium Research
Highlights – Pork Industry Nutritional Efficiency Consortium Research
This booklet summarizes the outcome of research projects that were funded through the pork industry’s Nutritional Efficiency Consortium. It offers producers, swine nutritionists, consultants and researchers a reference resource and knowledge about improving nutrient utilization to better support animal maintenance, growth and production.

Practical Ideas to Address High Feed and Production Costs.
This booklet includes tips and recommendations compiled by the Pork Checkoff from pork producers, academics, researchers and allied industry to help reduce the cost of inputs in pork production.

Alternative Feed Ingredients in Swine Diets
Edited by Mark Boggess of the Pork Checkoff, Joel DeRouchey of Kansas State University and Hans H. Stein of the University of Illinois, this brochure lists alternative feed ingredients and special considerations for their use when feeding swine.

Selenium Toxicity in the Western United States’ Pork Industry
Cases of selenium toxicity have been confirmed in some states. This brochure has information about this problem, how to identify it in your herd and what to do about it.

Alternative Feed Ingredients in Swine Diets II: use, advantages and disadvantages of common alternatives
This brochure discusses eleven common alternatives to corn and soybean meal in detail. The goal of this publication is to offer producer alternatives that can reduce the cost of swine feed, and list benefits and precautions on the use of these ingredients.