The air has gone out of the balloon pig

Congestion at the lunch table. Skovdal Svineproduktion A/S produces annually approx. 70,000 piglets.

A new animal feed has made grain from a bad harvest usable for feed.

The balloon pig is not punctured. But a substantial amount of air has gone out of the balloon at the piglet breeder Jørgen Kjørup on the island of Falster. At the same time he has been able to exchange the quality mark on his home-grown grain, so that it now says “Okay for feed” instead of “Not for feed”.

– We have much more uniform pigs, and a better use of feedstuff. The number of balloon pigs with prolapse of the rectum has been reduced significantly. And the reason for this is beyond doubt, because it happened after we received a pallet of a new feedstuff here, Jørgen Kjørup says.

At Skovdal Svineproduktion A/S (Skovdal Pig Production) near Stubbekøbing, Jørgen Kjørup produces around 70,000 pigs per year. Since he started in 1995, he has developed the farm on the north of Falster. In 2008 he bought the farm Marieholm. Here he is now expanding from 900 sows to 1,200 sows. With the 1,100 sows at Skovdal the farm amounts to a total of 2,300 sows.

At first, Joergen Kjoerup did not have the time at all to participate in the test of MasterFeed Pig. But when Mosegaarden A/S delivered a pallet of feedstuff in Stubbekoebing, it was not easy to refuse. Today, he is very satisfied with that.

A pallet came
Actually, I did not have time at all to participate in a test, when Knud Erik Jensen from the company Mosegården A/S called and told me about the new feedstuff MasterFeed Pig. Therefore, at first I rejected the idea, even though I have purchased piglet feedstuff from Knud Erik Jensen for many years. However, he thought it would be relevant for me to try out the new feedstuff. Therefore, he simply sent me a pallet of MasterFeed Pig. A bit difficult then to refuse then, Jørgen Kjørup states.

A special mineral takes the leading part in MFP
– The mineral consists mainly of clay minerals deriving from lava in volcanic eruptions from many places in Europe several million years ago, the manager at Mosegården A/S Knud Erik Jensen says.

– Some of the minerals were covered by salt water, and during time, the combination of clay minerals and salt water developed into a material with a very large surface area and a natural ion exchange capacity. In other connexions, the material is used in treatment and filtration of water, where it binds various unwanted components. The same effect may occur in the feed. These qualities have been used in the development of MFP.

It binds unwanted components
On Falster, Jørgen Kjørup is convinced that the feedstuff actively removes toxins from the piglet feed grain. – The Plant Directorate visited us and took samples of our piglet feed with extra zinc. What we actually did not know was that the directorate employees also made a toxin test. The test showed that we were close to the limit value for toxins. That is, mind you, after a very difficult harvest with heavy rainfall and sprouting grain. Despite this, the grain was usable as piglet feed as mentioned, and lead to fine results, Jørgen Kjørup says.

There are few and far between the balloon pigs, Jørgen Kjørup states. The use of the feed grain MasterFeed Pig has reduced mortality among the piglets.

Jørgen Kjørup and his employees at the farms Skovdal and Marieholm produce themselves the main part of the feedstuff for the many piglets. Only a small amount of fattener feed is bought ready for use. Namely, for residual production of fatteners, approx. 4,000 units.

– The rest is home-made and home-mixed. I have fourteen employees, and always at least five of them working at a time. For practical reasons we have two organisations. One for the sows and one for the piglets and the fatteners, Jørgen Kjørup explains.

At present, we are building 324 new farrowing pens at Marieholm. In future, all the old farrowing pens will be used as pregnancy places.