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24 Nutrition

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Using innovation to
formulate profitable pig diets
In a world of price volatility, it will take creativity and a fresh pair of eyes to
be successful in pig production. So how exactly does one go about doing that?

by Gwendolyn Jones
The days are gone where formulating pig
diets was a simple calculation exercise
in least cost diet formulation. The future
requires creativity in feed formulation as
well as a much deeper understanding of
how nutrients are processed and how
they interact within the animal in order
to stay ahead of the game in profitable
pig production. The ability to look at how
we feed pigs with a fresh pair of eyes can
bring true innovation to the feed industry.

Embracing change
A lot of research has been done to
determine nutrient requirements of
pigs for different production stages and
different genotypes to optimize growth
and reproductive performance. However,
while still important, modern pig nutrition
is no longer just a simple function of
the nutrient requirements of the pig.
Regulatory bans or restrictions in the use
of antibiotics in feed, compliance with
environmental regulations and increasing
volatility in prices of major raw materials
for animal feed are making us realize that
in order to make a profit in pig production,
we need to know a lot more than just
the nutrient requirements of the pig.
Feed accounts for almost 60
percent of pig production costs, so
profitability is going to depend on how
efficiently the pig uses the diet to meet
production targets. The removal of
antibiotic growth promoters from pig
diets challenges us to confront the fact
that efficiency in diet utilization and good
performance depends on the effect that
the composition of the diet has on gut
microflora balance, immunology and

❱❱ Innovation: "The only real voyage of
discovery consists not in seeking new
landscapes but in having new eyes."
- Marcel Proust ❰❰
5 ways to boost
your creative thinking
There are a number of simple things one
can do to kick-start the creative thinking
process:
1. Study another industry.
2. Take a class.
3. Write a poem or draw a picture.
4. Apply feng shui in your office.
5. Work backwards.

health status of the pig. We understand
that not only can we influence nutrient
input through the specification of the
diet, we can also influence how well the
nutrients are utilized by the pig to achieve
the desired productive performance.

Vuja dé
Perhaps feed formulators should
mix with graphic designers and come
up with ideas on how to express
with images what they are trying
to achieve. This would exercise the
right side of the brain and initiate
thinking more along the lines of feed
design than feed formulation.
We all know déjà vu - looking at an
unfamiliar situation and feeling that we've
been there before. But what's valuable
to innovation is vuja dé. This term was

coined by the comedian George Carlin.
Vuja dé means looking at a familiar
situation with fresh eyes, as if you've
never seen it before, which can help you
develop fresh insights and move forward
on a different path. How can this be
applied to the animal feed industry?

Managing risk
A fresh pair of eyes could see
feed formulation as a form of risk
management in the face of increasing
volatility of raw materials prices.
The more flexible you become in the
types of ingredients you can use in
feed formulations without risking
pig performance, the better your
capability to manage the risk of price
volatility. This might inspire you to
look at other industries and their risk
management strategies to counter price
volatility. How does your perspective
of the value of a feed additive change
if you can see that they enhance
your risk management capability?

Managing outputs
Complying with environmental
regulations can increase the cost
of manure disposal, particularly in
areas with high pig densities. In the
Netherlands, the disposal of manure

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