Added fat gives a pig extra energy. Additional energy not only helps increase the pig's chances for survival, but adds palatable nutrition to the pre-farrowing and lactation diets of the sow. As the pig grows, fat fortified rations continue to provide such benefits as improved feed efficiency, increased palatability and nutritional action.
Just before and after farrowing, sows need a palatable product to keep them eating. Baby pigs are just as fussy, but they will begin nibbling at a prestarter ration containing Dry Fat 7-60 shortly after birth. Since malnutrition is a major cause of pig losses, this is important in encouraging them to eat at an early age.
The small size and dry form make Dry Fat 7-60 easy to handle and miux. In contrast, solid forms of fat need to be melted before they are added to the ration. And, when liquid fat is used in grind and mix operations, the fat can stick to the equipment.
Dry Fat 7-60 looks different than ordinary fat. That's because it IS different. Choice white grease combines with easily digestible milk products in a special process causing the milk protein to form a capsule around the fat particles as they dry. These particles are four to five times smaller than liquid fats.
The tiny particles also help control dust and fines in feed. As the fat disperses evenly, the smaller, dusty particles are also dispersed This prevents packing and hot spots. Improved dust control lowers feed spoilage and a cleaner atmosphere can help reduce respiratory ailments of pigs.