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UltraCare®
UltraCare®

The UltraCare® feeding program has been developed, researched and supported by Purina Animal Nutrition LLC to cover the demanding nutritional needs of young pigs while providing proprietary technologies to create eaters, aid hydration, support feed intake, early gain and immunity.

EcoCare® Feeds
EcoCare® Feeds

The EcoCare® Feeds program is an environmentally friendly feeding program that helps ensure constant and optimum levels of key nutritional compounds and added technologies, across all phases of grow/finish production. It delivers manure technologies that can help reduce ammonia/odors and improve manure solids digestion, while providing optimal pig performance.

Gentle Lax® Pak Laxative
Gentle Lax® Pak Laxative

Gentle Lax® Pak is a combination of natural laxative ingredients for gilts, sows and boars, engineered to be palatable with a gentle, natural stool-softening action.

Healthy EDGE® Technology
Healthy EDGE® Technology

Healthy EDGE® Technology is a novel blend of functional ingredients designed to support sows immunocompetence and litter performance. Healthy EDGE® Technology has been designed to be feed continuously in gestation and lactation rations, to deliver up to 1.7 extra Full Value Pigs™ per sow per year.

Nature’s Match® Feed
Nature’s Match® Feed

Nature’s Match® feed is a precisely formulated feed line with high-quality ingredients including plant-sourced protein, botanicals, probiotics plus vitamins, minerals and other trace nutrients to optimize pig performance. This high-quality, affordable feed program addresses manure management, odor emissions and nutrient utilization, while optimizing pig and sow performance.

NEWtraStart™ Feed
NEWtraStart™ Feed

NEWtraStart® feed is a blend of natural plant-based feed ingredients, such as herbs, spice extracts and encapsulated essential oils designed to stimulate feed intake, enhance nutrient digestion and retention, plus optimize gut balance in all life stages (nursery, grow-finish pigs and sows).

PUSH® Sow Feed
PUSH® Sow Feed

PUSH® sow feed is a unique combination of nutritional technologies that, when fed to sows pre-farrow through weaning, have shown to increase the number of pigs weaned and may result in heavier pigs at weaning. These combined improvements increase total litter weaning weight.

True Appetizer® Feed
True Appetizer® Feed

True Appetizer® Feed is a proprietary combination of functional ingredients engineered to be highly palatable to sows resulting in significant feed intake, particularly in hot weather.

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Purina Pig Sourcing

Purina Pig Sourcing Team coordinates the supply of weaned pigs and feeder pigs to member cooperatives, feed dealers, swine producers and swine production companies. This team supplies weaned pigs...

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Study: Using Pig Vaccines and Gel Together

Introduction Swine industry feed suppliers are continually striving to create techniques and tools to reduce the additive stressors imposed on the weanling piglet, to increase advantageous...

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Don’t Let Cold Weather Freeze Sow Performance

Cold temperatures can be problematic to long-term sow performance if not accounted for. Fortunately, changes can be made before temperatures drop too low and sows are impacted. Two strategies for...

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Raising Pigs Naturally

Have you noticed lately how McDonald’s, Arby’s, Chipotle and Subway restaurants have been touting vegetarian and antibiotic-free meats? Granted, it started with poultry, but consumers...

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Pig Body Weight Variation

Pig body weight variation is a serious problem that is often overlooked until pigs are ready to go to market. Variation then becomes an urgent and significant management problem as pigs require...

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Wean Pigs Based on Age

Average weaning age has increased by 3-to-4 days in the past few years.  However, the basic concepts of nutrition and management for feeding the 18 ± 2 day old weaned pig are similar to...

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Minimize Pig Post-Weaning Lag

Young pig feed intake and growth during the first week after weaning should be of the utmost concern.  Why? The greater the pigs average daily gain during the first week after weaning, the...

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Feed Gel-Based Feeds to Nursery Pigs

Weaning presents many challenges to the young pig. These challenges include an abrupt change from a liquid to a solid diet that contains ingredients that may not be easily digestible to the young...

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25 Tips for Using UltraCare® Gel

The first gel nutritional product available for use in pigs, UltraCare® Gel supports hydration, activity and feeding behavior. Its highly palatable formulation of liquid and dry...

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Value of Pelleted Pig Nursery Diets

When should a producer look at a pelleted diet vs. a meal diet for their pigs? It is usually simply an analysis of the cost to produce a pellet and the economic benefits that a pelleted diet will...

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Should I be Creep Feeding Piglets in Today’s Environment?

Have you ever heard the phrase, “What’s old is new again”?   This phrase is a symbol of what we’re observing in the swine industry today. Over the past 20 years, the...

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Maintain Performance After Pig Vaccinations

A study was conducted at Iowa State University to evaluate UltraCare® Gel supplementation’s effect on pig performance during vaccination time.   Pigs were placed in pens...

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How to Get More Small Pigs to Market

A real dilemma in today’s production world is that 5-10 percent of pigs delivered to a finisher never make it to an acceptable market weight and are sold discounted, off the market.  ...

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Gel Supplementation after Pig Transportation 

Transportation can be a stressful time for pigs. Research shows that supportive nutrition and care can help ease transportation stress.   A field study was conducted in Iowa to evaluate...

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Phase Feeding Pigs

Nutrition of the weaned pig is a process, like many other processes we see on swine farms.   At weaning, we observe that pigs are in a phase of transition. First, they must switch from a...

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Common Errors in Young Pig Management

In my farm visits with customers, I have noticed some errors in young pig management that are consistent across many farms and buildings.   Here’s a list of the more common mistakes...

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Lightweight Pigs, Big Opportunity

Lightweight pigs are not a new phenomenon in pork production. For as long as pigs have been raised, the “runts of the litter” have been familiar occurrences. Looking toward the future,...

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How to Maintain a Comfortable Pig Environment

A pig’s environment can be a deciding factor in long-term productivity. By providing quality water, nutrition and air, weaned pigs have a greater potential to transition smoothly through...

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8 Tips to Keep Sows Eating Through the Summer

Heat stress can have a major impact on sow performance and longevity.   As temperatures surpass 70º F, depending upon humidity1, sows can start to experience adverse affects from heat...

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Adjust Sow Nutrition to Accommodate Seasonal Changes

Pigs are very adaptive to their environment, which is good for their survivability. But for sows, that adaptation can come at a cost in terms of long-term performance.   When sows use their...

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How to Minimize Pig Nursery Fallouts

Whether your pigs are destined to enter the sow herd or the finishing floor, farrowing and nursery management defines their success. To get pigs off to the right start, farrowing and nursery...

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Importance of Pig Colostrum

At a recent swine producer-focused conference in St. Louis, Mo., farm managers discussed the goals for the future of their operations. Close to three-quarters of the group recognized 30 pigs per...

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3 Ways to Promote Pig Hydration

When moved to the weaning facility, one of the first things a pig should do is look for water and take a drink. Unfortunately, the stress of movement, new surroundings and new penmates can delay...

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Sow Gestation vs. Lactation Rations

Sows require significantly different nutrients in gestation and lactation. Depending upon stage, consumption per sow varies from 4 pounds per day to more than 20 pounds per day. That said - when...

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Keeping Proper Sow Body Scores

A sow’s reproductive success and longevity potential are often measured through her body condition score (BCS). Proper body condition can impact short-term production and long-term...

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3 Tips to Improve Sow Feed Efficiency

Economics on sow operations are driven by feed efficiency – especially during times of high-priced inputs. As input costs continue to rise, small changes in ration formulations and management...

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Feed for Pig Birthweights

When it comes to litters, size matters. Larger numbers of pigs per litter have a direct correlation with an operation’s total pigs marketed; however, for these pigs to meet their full...

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Make Weaning Easier on Pigs

Weaning is one of the most stressful times in the pig production cycle. With changes in environment, management and nutrition, weaned pigs must adapt to new settings at a young age. To help weaning...

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Feed Pigs Correctly – Even Before They Are Born

Feeding pigs is more of a marathon than a sprint. The race to market weight can take nearly 200 days, and it all begins with a successful start. To successfully get piglets off to the best start...

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How to Improve Sow Lifetime Productivity

The U.S. pork industry continues to experience steady genetic growth. Sows today are genetically able to produce more marketable pounds in a quicker time period than ever before, but are U.S. sows...

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Prevent Pigs Dehydration

The pig weaning period is a critical part of the production phase. Current disease challenges can make this transition even more stressful for young pigs.     Pigs that are impacted...

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Effect of Feeding Pigs DDGS and Purina® EcoCare® Feed on Pigs’ Water Consumption and Manure Volume

During recent years, increased availability of Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles (DDGS) and rising corn prices have supported incremental usage of DDGS in swine diets. Therefore, the focus of...

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Immunity and Gastrointestinal Function of Weaning Pigs

Weaning is a critical period in a pig’s life; the pig must cope with separation from the sow, the transition from highly digestible milk to a less digestible and more complex solid feed, a...

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Should a Nutrition Feeding Differ Depending on Pig Weaning Age?

The average pig weaning age has increased by three to four days in the past few years. However, the basic concepts of nutrition and management for feeding the 18 ± 2-day-old weaned pig are...

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Pigs in Hot Weather: Address Summer Feed Consumption Decreases in Sows

Heat stress is a seasonal challenge that can be detrimental to sow productivity. Swine producers must face the challenge of pigs in heat head-on every year. Sows that suffer from heat stress have a...

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Fighting High Feed Cost by Improving Pig Feed Conversion

Currently, highly fluctuating ingredient prices that influence pig feed cost are encouraging swine producers to evaluate their feeding programs. The worst parameter that can be used in feeding...

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Lessons from the Farm

What we’ve learned can help you care for your pigs and get the highest return possible.

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Animal experts at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center share their knowledge about pigs.

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How does heat stress affect sows?
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Sows that suffer from heat stress have a greater potential to experience seasonal infertility, smaller litter sizes, decreased embryo survival rates and death losses. These issues may be a result of decreased feed consumption, commonly resulting from heat stress.