CRF’s first swine research farm was organized in Illinois in 1959, which allowed the CRF members to venture into large-scale proprietary sow nutrition and management research. Now, Cooperative Research Farms’ sow nutrition research is conducted in a 600 sow breeding to wean facility owned by our member Sollio Agriculture. This farm, located near Frampton, Quebec, Canada, utilizes a highly productive female line of genetics, extensive management, and a strict biosecurity program. 100% of the research capacity is devoted to breeding herd nutrition and management trials. A sow research facility of this scale represents a significant investment, and clearly shows the commitment of the CRF members to their swine nutrition customers. The CRF organization has conducted 812 large scale swine trials over the years, leading to numerous innovations for the benefit of pork producers throughout the world. Today, CRF members apply CRF’s research to 2,000,000 metric tons of swine feeds annually!
The mission of CRF’s swine research program is to… Develop an acute understanding of high priority nutrition and nutrition management issues that lead to the creation of solutions and strategies that support significant economic return to the member companies and their swine nutrition customers. Thus, the CRF members have determined several critical and current sow research objectives, such as…
- Develop nutrition and management strategies to reduce pre-weaning mortality related to continuous improvement of productivity.
- Optimize gestation and lactation feeding strategies to sustain high performance at minimal cost.
- Evaluate nutrient and management strategies to optimize performance, reproductive efficiency, and longevity of the sow herd.
CRF’s sow research program continues to benefit it’s members, and has several notable achievements over the recent years.
- Developed a multi-phase lactation feeding program.
- Evaluation of alternative gestation feeding programs to enhance performance and minimize cost.
- Evaluation of feed enhancers in lactation diets.
- Concepts to enhance litter size and reproductive efficiency.
- Feeding strategies for the weaning to breeding period.
- Develop amino acid and protein requirements for lean genotype maternal lines during gestation.
- Evaluated particle size and determine its effect on sow and litter performance.
- Developed feeding programs to reduce the environmental impact.