Dr. Pedro Urriola Visits with Feed Producers in Ontario and Québec

Feed producers around the world are adjusting to changes in pork and poultry production practices. New legislation and consumer’s attitudes towards pork and poultry products are driving companies to decrease use of antibiotics in feed. Likewise, feed producers are adjusting to prices and availability of feed ingredients. Research at the University of Minnesota has demonstrated how use of non-starch polysaccharide (NSP) degrading enzymes can increase feed efficiency and other indicators of pig growth and health. On April 17 and 18; Dr. Pedro Urriola was invited by ABVista (https://www.abvista.com/) to visit with feed producers in Ontario and Québec and to present results from a research project funded by the National Pork Board.

In addition to sharing results of research conducted at the University of Minnesota, Pedro found the experience to be a valuable opportunity to learn from Canadian feed and pork producers. Pedro shared the following about his experience with ABVista and this takeaways, “First, feed and pork production in Canada is different from the integrated system in the United States. Feed companies have to produce and sell feed to independent pork producers. This means that feed producers are rapidly adopting technologies that decrease feed cost, but have greater difficulty implementing technologies that increase growth or health of pigs at the expense of feed cost. For example, use of feed enzymes that increase feed efficiency (e.g., NSP degrading enzymes) are not as widely adopted because it doesn’t necessarily decrease feed cost. On the other hand, feed producers are quick to apply enzymes that decrease diet cost (e.g., phytase). Finally, it was interesting to learn that marketing of poultry and dairy products is controlled under a supply management system (Quotas). It was interesting to learn about the diversity of the food production and commercialization systems.”