Feeding the future for farm-own mixes

New mineral concept offers pig farmers innovative solutions

The future challenges are complex in modern pig farming. The amendment to the German Fertiliser Ordinance, rental prices for farmland, volatile agriculture markets, anti-biotics monitoring and basic requirements for sustainable pig farming are all good enough reasons to offer farmers solutions which will allow them to survive and succeed on a financial level. After AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG re-structured their OlymPig OlymPig complete feedstuffs and Fisopan Fisopan supplement feedstuffs, successfully establishing them on the market, its VitaMiral mineral feeds have now also been re-positioned in all pig feed pig feed segments. The resultant change in farm-own feed mixes brings various advantages for both the animal and the farmer.

Needs-based feed for the pig

As free amino acids are added to the mineral feed according to need, it is possible to save on protein ingredients such as soyabean or rapeseed extraction meal in feed. This targeted reduction in sources of protein is achieved by including eight digestible amino acids in the ration calculation, for example. The proportion of the farm's own grain can then be maximised in rations accordingly. These reformulations provide greater net energy in the feed. Nutrient-optimised feed also diminishes strain on the metabolism for the animal. This is because it avoids excessive protein supply to animals (overconsumption), thus minimising energy-consuming excretion of protein nitrogen in the form of faeces and urine.

The needs-based supply of amino acids to the pig brings other advantages, which the German Agricultural Society (DLG) summarises as follows:

  • Up to 30 percent less nitrogen discharge into the environment from pig farming
  • Improved shed climate
  • Up to 10 percent saving on feed with lower feed intake thanks to savings on protein animal feed
  • Up to 10 percent less liquid manure
  • Animal health stabilised

The efficient phytase content in mineral feeds optimises digestion of phythin-based phosphorus from plant feeds, thus enabling savings on mineral phosphorous sources such as monocalcium phosphate in formulas. The DLG specifications for feedstuff with greatly reduced nitrogen (N) and phosphate (P) levels can thus be easily met. Compliance will become increasingly important for operation-specific nutrient balance on farms after the amendment to the German Fertiliser Ordinance.

Optimum roughage supply with VitaMiral Fasercell

The VitaMiral concept adds VitaMiral Fasercell VitaMiral Fasercell to the range to ensure optimal roughage supply to animals. This product comprises ingredients such as pomace and molasses cuttings. Its very high product-specific raw fibre content of 42 percent also allows a high proportion of the farm's own grain components to be used in sow feedstuffs.

Sensor mineral feed

The newly developed mineral feed types are available as three- or five-percent sensor mineral feeds for different usage rates. Sensor mineral feed offers advantages such as greater dosage accuracy for small quantities, as is the case with piglet sensor feeding, for example. These types are also eminently suitable for rations which contain a high percentage of the farm's own heavy grain due to their roughage content.

You can obtain more information about the new mineral feed concept from Dr Hans-Peter Rösmann, phone +49 (0)251 682 2262 or peter.roesmann@agravis.de.