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Land O’Lakes Purina Launches Healthy EDGE For Sows
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Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC introduces Healthy EDGE® Technology for sows. Supported by multiple research studies at the LongView Animal Nutrition Center, universities and field trials, this new proprietary feed additive can help swine producers optimize sow efficiency, colostrum quality and piglet growth.
Beyond such traditional performance metrics as number of pigs per sow per year, sow producers also value piglet size and weight at weaning, short return to estrus, sow and young pig health and minimum death loss.* Healthy EDGE® Technology can help deliver upon all of these key sow producer needs.
"Sows that are expected to produce 30 pigs per sow per year must be fed properly," says Elena Lindemann, livestock marketing director with Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC. "Healthy EDGE® Technology supports intake during lactation and helps secure sufficient nutrients to support newborn litters. Our research shows that sows fed the new technology produced not only larger litters, but also heavier pigs within these litters. Healthy EDGE® Technology delivers up to 1.7 more Full Potential pigs - those weighing 8 or more pounds at weaning - per sow per year."*
Research studies conducted at five sites during different seasons and with various herd genetics showed highly repeatable results. Healthy EDGE® Technology has delivered productivity benefits in pigs without compromising the sows' condition or rebreeding performance.
In addition to the piglet performance improvement, researchers tested the composition of colostrum produced by sows.
"Data supports intestinal integrity and immune health of young pigs," notes Brenda de Rodas, director of swine research with Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC. In fact, sows supplemented with Healthy EDGE® Technology produced colostrum with 86 percent more immunoglobulins and 16 percent more protein than the control group fed non-supplemented rations.
"There is tremendous opportunity with Healthy EDGE® Technology," adds Lindemann. "It is a breakthrough technology that has demonstrated benefits with different genetics, parity structures, climates and dietary conditions, and comes in a low-inclusion rate additive for maximum flexibility in diets."
For additional information on Healthy EDGE® Technology, contact your local Land O'Lakes Purina Feed representative, visit www.healthyedgetech.com or call 800-227-8941.