It’s in the mix

Provide nutrient-efficient feed with Pig SLK Fibre and Fisopan

When you mix and stir swill, it has largely separated again by the time it is poured into the trough for the pigs. For farmer Dirk Heuckmann, separation is no longer a problem since he obtained a tank for the liquid supplement feed Pig SLK Fibre on his farm.

Thanks to a standardised selection of components, Pig SLK Fibre is storage-stable for up to 14 days and can be used immediately. It also offers a homogeneous consistency, meaning that even the last of around 2,000 fattening pigs still receive all beneficial ingredients.

The 37-year-old took over the family farm in Ascheberg from his father in 2013. Both look after their fattening pigs and the around 100 hectares of fields where they grow maize, cereals and rapeseed. “We always buy additional cereals and by-products are a topic of interest for us,” explains Heuckmann. Such as those Lemirex offers. AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG sells by-products from food production as well as starch and ethanol extraction under this brand. With the product Pig SLK, AGRAVIS offers a liquid supplement feed made with already fermented by-products to farms which do not wish to mix by-products and afterproducts.

Pig SLK fibre consists of whey, spent grain, glucose, apple pomace, confectionery and steamed potato peelings. The dry matter content amounts to around 28 per cent. The Pig SLK (N) mix without apple pomace is available as an alternative. The high lactic acid bacteria content and low pH value have a positive effect on intestinal health. Pigs are more satiated and calmer thanks to higher raw fibre content in Pig SLK Fibre compared to Pig SLK (N).

AGRAVIS installed a test container on Dirk Heuckmann’s farm in August 2016. “The swill in the trough remained uniformly mixed. That’s what convinced me,” affirms the farmer. Friederike Oberhaus at Lemirex adds: “We offer farmers the opportunity to try out the product with a test container for an entire fattening period before they invest in their own tank system.” Dirk Heuckmann now has a tank capable of holding 42,000 litres on his farm. Raiffeisen Flüssigfutter GmbH in Lüdinghausen delivers 25,000 litres of Pig SLK Fibre to him every ten to 14 days. RFG is a joint enterprise between AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG and the Lüdinghausen and Ascheberg Raiffeisen cooperatives.

Rations contain CCM, Fisopan V Fern, M Ferm, Pig SLK Fibre and the farm's own cereals. Reinhard Everding, Consultant at Mischfutter Westfalen GmbH, custom-compiled the mix for the Heuckmann farm.

With a view to further tightening of the Fertiliser Ordinance, Andreas Baumeister, Managing Director of Raiffeisen-Genossenschaft Ascheberg, cites another advantage of Pig SLK Fibre: “Nitrogen and phosphorous are greatly reduced in the overall mix. This reduction is important for farmers who need to dispose of manure.” This is the case for Dirk Heuckmann, who wishes to reduce his nutrient export. Everding has had the farm's own raw materials tested for their nutritional value: “You need to know what it contains first. Then you can reduce it.”

Pig SLK (N) and Fibre and the Fisopan supplementary feed range form part of AGRAVIS's holistic strategy of developing solution-oriented concepts for nutrient management. They aim to help farmers to deal with Fertiliser Ordinance requirements.

Dirk Heuckmann summarises the advantages that Pig SLK Fibre, Fisopan V Ferm and M Ferm bring for him: “They are effective, affordable and easy to handle. The pigs are content, the carcass quality continues to be excellent and I gain in nutrient efficiency.”

Feedstuff with reduced N and P levels

Friederike Oberhaus
Friederike Oberhaus

Interview with Friederike Oberhaus from Lemirex on Pig SLK

How do pigs benefit from Pig SLK in rations?
The swill is very tasty thanks to the selection of components. The high proportion of steamed potato peelings in the mix means that not only does the product itself not separate, but the feed mixture in the trough does not separate either. This means each animal in the bay receives the same nutrient intake and the animals are all fed as required for their growth.
The lactic acid bacteria in the steamed potato peelings and the whey ensure highly active fermentation in Pig SLK. The pH value sinks to about 3.5 to 4, i.e. to an acidic level, and lactic acid is formed. This organic acid has a positive effect on intestinal flora and promotes intestinal health in the animals.
The highly digestible individual components in Pig SLK are an added value for the pig’s metabolism and result in an improved nutrient intake.

And the farmer? What added value does he obtain?
The product is standardised, easy to handle and available all year round. Pig SLK is fed from a tank with a pump for up to two weeks and then simply reordered from the contractor Brüse.
The feed’s big advantages are its homogeneity, its consistent liquid feed state, even in the trough, and positive product characteristics such as a low pH value and high lactic acid content.

Is Pig SLK suitable for all farms?
Pig SLK can be used universally in sow, piglet and fattening pig feed for farms with more than 1,500 fattening places.

Is feedstuff with greatly reduced N and P levels and by-products possible?
Yes. By-products can be used in conjunction with supplements, protein concentrates or mineral feed to provide a balanced integral concept. We offer farmers feed concepts which are matched to their farm’s needs. These also include Fisopan and VitaMiral.