Modern Hog Farmer: Nathan Smith

MODERN HOG FARMER: NATHAN SMITH

Tuesday's Blog Highlight: Modern Hog Farmer, Nathan Smith

Kansas Hog Farmer, Nathan Smith, is the leadership director for Kansas Smith Farms. He shares his passion for agriculture, reaching out to be "open and honest about hog farming." He often writes about lesson's learned, and this week, he shares his farm's successful transition between two different nursery nutrition plans. They used to produce their own nursery feed, but now, a newer feed blend is proving to be more effective. Follow Nathan's farm journey, learn from the same lessons, and keep up with live on a Kansas hog farm — on Twitter, and the Modern Hog Farmer Blog!
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Penny Wise, Pound Foolish. Have you ever heard that? If you treat pig nursery feed like that, then you will have slow growing, weak pigs. Guaranteed!For 7 years, I made that mistake at Kansas Smith Farms. We produced our own nursery feed. We brought in whey blends and special micro packs. We did produce least-cost (aka- cheap) nursery feed. But we never had great nursery performance.  The pigs were slow (.55-.70 average daily gain). The pigs would always do fine in finishing. Even with our new genetics, Danbred, we still struggled in the nursery.
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