What is Liquid Feeding?
Liquid feeding is the use of a diet that is prepared from either liquid or dry components, which are thoroughly mixed with water in a dedicated mixing tank, then transported to the pig. It is possible to simply add water to a regular complete feed mix, but the real advantage of liquid feeding is being able to utilize a wide variety of valuable and low-cost feed components; such as whey, co-products from the food industry or CCM and high moisture corn.
The entire mixing process is under computer control and the resulting feed will be 20 to 30% dry matter. Liquid feeding should not be confused with a wet/dry feed system, where water and feed are provided separately to the feeder and the pig chooses how much of each to consume. While not extremely common in the United States, liquid feeding is very popular in other areas of the world, particularly in Europe.
Why Feed Finishers Liquid?
- Utilize valuable low-cost co-products to significantly reduce feed costs
- Improve profit and efficiency with fast payback
Benefits for finishers and production
Health and Hygiene benefits
- Liquid feed has a positive influence on overall pig health
- Reduction of dust and better overall hygiene: healthier atmosphere pigs and caretakers
- Convenient pipeline system adaptable to any building lay-out
- High accuracy of feeding
- With multi-phase feeding, automatic adjustment of diets to nutritional needs
- Excellent monitoring and control over production
- Reduced cost of labor
Typical Co-Products and homegrown feed
- Whey or other products from the dairy industry (yogurt, ice cream, etc.)
- Beer yeast
- Starch residues
- Potato products
- Bakery products
- Ethanol residues (CDS)
- Home-grown feed such as CCM and high moisture corn