CRF reported its first swine trial in 1958, and since then our members have maintained a significant research focus on developing priority nutrition and nutrition management issues that lead to the creation of solutions and strategies to support significant economic return to the members’ swine nutrition customers. The CRF organization has conducted 752 large scale swine trials over the years, leading to numerous innovations for the benefit of pork producers throughout the world. Today CRF’s weaned pig research (nursery research) is conducted at a private research facility near Sycamore, Ohio, USA that is owned and managed for CRF by our member Kalmbach Feeds, Inc.
The members of CRF have many novel concepts that are cultivated and transitioned into research projects and allow CRF to meet our vision to develop and maintain an on-going swine research program dedicated to improving the long term sustainability of the global swine industry. Many of these concepts fit into our members’ current research objectives for the weaned pig….
- Developing innovative products that will enhance piglet performance while increasing economic gains.
- Determine the nutritional values and interactions of various ingredients and by-products that will decrease the cost of producing a 25 Kg nursery pig.
- Development of non-antibiotic nursery feeding programs that improve performance, health and/or decrease cost of producing a 25 Kg nursery pig.
- Improve the utilization of feed manufacturing technologies to enhance feed quality for increased pig performance.
- Evaluate the environmental impact of nutrition.
- Optimizing phase feeding and diet sequencing.
CRF continues to achieve statistically valid research data that can be applied to starter nutrition programs on the commercial production farm via our private, member owned nursery research farm. The features of this research farm include:
- Two nursery buildings each with a capacity of 1,200 pigs in three rooms (400 pigs per room, 40 pens per room with 10 pigs per pen).
- All-in/all-out management.
- High health status and a strict biosecurity program. Pigs sourced from a single Kalmbach Feeds Swine Management Division sow unit. Access to weaned groups of pigs ranging from 14 to 21 days of age.
- Popular commercial genetics available.
- Pens provide approximately .279 m2 per pig, have slatted metal floors and are equipped with one 4-hole stainless steel self-feeder and one combination nipple-cup waterer.
- 2 to 6 treatments per room are typical.
- Ability to obtain individual pig weights or pen weights.
- Feed consumption and weighbacks are recorded for each pen.
- Four separate water lines in each room allows CRF to evaluate water based medications. Water intake can be measured on a treatment basis (with 4 treatments).