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and animal feed industries.
Ioannis Mavromichalis

Ioannis Mavromichalis

Ioannis Mavromichalis, Ph.D., is an animal nutrition industry consultant. To contact Mavromichalis, email imavromichalis@icloud.com.

ARTICLES

Add value to piglet diets with molasses

Molasses is a unique ingredient that can add tremendous value into piglet feeds, if only users knew its potential and handling properties.
Molasses, either from sugar beets or sugar cane, is a common enough ingredient throughout most of the world. In fact, it is an indispensable ingredient in ruminant diets, and perhaps this widespread usage has removed it from feeds for other species – pigs in particular.
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What is the best heifer-weaning index?

There are many guidelines around, but most are based on the Holstein breed and do not take into account inter- and intra-breed mature animal weight, birth weight and growth rate.
There are many guidelines around, but most are based on the Holstein breed and do not take into account inter- and intra-breed mature animal weight, birth weight and growth rate.
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Why large farms do not buy many animal feed additives

Or, why nutrition suppliers fail to sell to mega farms worldwide
The most common complaint of nutrition suppliers (additives mostly) is that they cannot get (easily) into large (mega) farms. It appears to them that such mega producers prefer to use simple nutrition programs without much in terms of added (modern) nutritional supplements. There are many reasons why such large operations prefer simple nutrition programs, and some are offered here for discussion.
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Larger genotypes not necessarily more efficient

A larger animal has larger maintenance needs that need to be taken into account when calculating efficiency.
Large parent animals produce large offspring that grow rapidly and efficiently. At least this is the general perception and it is true to a certain point. But it is not the whole truth, because the maintenance needs of large-framed animals are often ignored, or rather expected to be roughly the same across all genotypes, within a given species.
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Modern growth performance targets for piglets

Having a set of growth performance targets for piglets can be handy for many functions in a piglet farm, if only to arrange for correct feed delivery orders.
The success or failure of any piglet nutrition program depends on the degree to which it reaches its targets in terms of growth performance, which often is used as an indicator of profitability under intensive production conditions.
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