With feed costs continuing to rise, what are some easy ways I can improve my feed efficiency?


Without question, this is a critical time for maximizing FE. Pork prices
are projected to hit all-time highs in 2011. Some estimates have live hog
prices exceeding $75 per live hundredweight, or nearly $100 on a lean
basis.1 That’s great news for producers. The downside is that feed costs have
continued to rise as well. And with feed making up as much as 70 percent of
production costs, producers have been left scrambling for more ways to get
the most out of their feed.2
Feed prices don’t look to be getting lower any time soon, primarily
because of three factors:
  • The rise of income in developing countries means more people buying
more food
  • The biofuels industry continues to grow and use more corn
  • A weak U.S. dollar means foreign buyers can outbid domestic buyers
for U.S. grain
The answer to rising production costs for most producers is optimizing
efficiency. Often, that process starts with reaching for the lowest-hanging
fruit first: eliminating any feed wastage, adjusting particle size, pelleting,
adjusting feeders and controlling disease.

The next step: PayleanT at 6.75 for 35 days

For many producers, one way of getting the most out of record prices is
stepping up Paylean use. Traditional strategies encouraged feeding Paylean
at 4.5 g/ton for 28 days, but new trial data supports increasing the dose to
6.75 g/ton and feeding for 35 days for improved performance.3
As the chart above illustrates, increasing both dose
and duration of Paylean can improve feed efficiency.
Depending on your finishing strategy, Paylean at 6.75 g/ton for 35
days can either get you better efficiency—17% over 35 days according to
the latest study3—or increased weight and carcass benefits. For producers
finishing long on space, the added days mean your first-cut hogs are getting
the benefits of the improved FE. For those finishing short on space, the rest
of the barn gets the carcass and weight-gain benefits.
Directions for Use
Feed at 4.5 to 9 g/ton to finishing swine in a complete ration containing at least 16% crude protein for
the last 45 to 90 lbs. of gain (group average)
• Clinical registration studies showed no statistical difference between the effects of 4.5 and 9 g/ton
• No withdrawal required when fed according to label direction
CAUTION: Ractopamine may increase the number of injured and/or fatigued pigs during marketing.
Not for use in breeding swine.
The label contains complete use information, including cautions and warnings. Always read, understand and
follow the label and use directions.
1 Larson, D. 2011. “Hog and pork prices expected to soar in 2011.” ACES News, College of ACES,
University of Illinois. Accessed 4/20/11. .
2 Iowa State University Cooperative Extension Service. 2007. “Estimated Returns for Farrowing
and Finishing Hogs or Producing Feeder Pigs in Iowa.” Addendum to M-1284b. Accessed 07/07/09.
3 Elanco trial T4V290710. Data on file.
PayleanT is a registered trademark for Elanco’s brand of ractopamine.
© 2011 Elanco Animal Health.
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