The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on April 5, 1966 · Page 26
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 26

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, April 5, 1966
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HOGS have a bom instinct to want to lull in a mudhote and dream of a big hole in the fence... and delay that inevitable trip from die farm to the frying pan. But this can eat up your profits. Time saved from farrowing to market does four things to increase the profitability of .your operation: 1. It stops your overhead costs sooner. 2. It saves feed required for maintenance during the most costly period — when hogs are approaching market weight 3. It frees your equipment and labor —gives you a chance to start another bunch. 4. It makes a big difference in how much money you make out of hog raising. Just a glance at the chart on this page will show you that the heavier a hog gets, the more feed it takes to make a pound of pork. That's why it pays to push them to market as fast as you can. Every extra day they stay on the farm... they'll be eating right out of your billfold. Every profit-minded hogman is searching for ways to farrow more pigs per sow, get them off to a faster start, and get them across the. market scales faster. Dr. Bart Guerin, Manager of Livestock Research at Ralston Purina Co., St. Louis, Mo., offers these profitable pig pen pointers: • Increasing the number of pigs farrowed per sow by selecting gilts from large litters could take a lifetime. Research shows that nutrition — more than selection or breeding— affects litter size. • A sow in gestation has four important jobs to do: She must recover weight and condition after farrowing. She must keep growing until she is three years old. She must maintain her own body condition during gestation. And she most provide nutrition for the unborn fitter. • Quality of the ration during the critical nursing period makes a big difference in the weaning weight of die pigs. Pigs from straight corn-fed sows averaged 22 Ibs. at weaning in one test compared ( to 35 Ibs. for pigs from sows on a balanced ration. • To be a real money-maker, a sow must excel in three ways: She most farrow a big Utter. She must give them a good start She must gain weight between cycles. • For a sow to farrow big fitters and wean lots of husky pigs, she mist have die benefits of good breeding, good feeding, good management, and careful sanitation. • A creep feed is necessary to get pigs off to a good start It must be palatable or pigs won't eat ft. To be palatabte it must be fed fresh. • Creep feeders must be placed in front of die sow, so she wont splash urine on diem. The creep feeder should be placed on a platform so ivAfing or manure won't block die month of die feeder. Above afl, plenty of fresh, dean water should be handy. • Baby pig products most have more than nutrition. They must be medicated . . . highly fortified to help young pigs through this critical early period. • Don't cat back on a good, fortified supplement when pigs scoor. The more dtey eat, die more medication you'll get into rtv-m • Worm pigs two weeks after weaning, and lewutui. one month later. Whh die market price of hogs at its highest level in years, these tips are even more important. Good prices pot an extra premium on good management... and make mistakes even more costly. WEIGHT (Pounds) 25-50 50-100 100-150 150-200 200-250 AV.DAE.Y FEEDMTAXE (Pounds) 25 43 6.5 8.0 8.0 AV. DAILY ' y GAM (Pounds) 1.15 1.60 2.00 2.15 1.95 Soiwca: Bab **^fi COHVERSttN 2.15 2.70 3.25 3.75 4.10 Am Purina Co.. St. Laos, Hex

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