Products XF-Nebraska Believes In
XF-Nebraska designs, develops and researches products that solve production problems, as well as enhance animal performance and longevity so as to boost profits for the producer. We don’t stop there! We identify unique ingredients worldwide that will bring immediate cost savings and/or profits to the producer by improving both animal health and performance. We are especially focused on those animals selected for reproduction. The nutritional support provided during pregnancy is vital to not only her health, physical stamina and longevity, but also the health and performance of her off-spring. In closed herds especially, we must also consider epigenetic and transgenerational impact of your nutritional program.
During the last three decades the genetic potential of our livestock has dramatically improved. Specifically, today’s animals are much more efficient in their reproductive and growth capabilities. In the same period of time, the feedstuffs and ingredients available to feed these animals have changed dramatically, as well. We now have co-products from ethanol production, many more synthetic amino acids, as well as enzymes to extract phosphorous from plant materials, just to name a few. Some of these changes were fostered by a noble intent to lower the environment implication of livestock production. Other products have been developed so as to lower input feed costs by replacing higher cost feedstuffs. During this time, the philosophy of least-cost feed formulation has largely persisted in many operations, and because of improved genetics it has been somewhat successful, at least until recently.
As we entered the decade of 2020, new problems developed. In the swine industry we began seeing an ever-increasing lack of uniformity of birth weights within a litter. We are now experiencing higher sow mortalities, many caused by events such as pelvic organ prolapses (POP) in many operations. Additionally, increasing challenges in starting piglets on feed post-weaning, high disease pressure and apparent lack of immune protection have become evident. When the animals “talk” to us in this way…we must listen and respond.
Good health and longevity begin only when the nutritional support meets the production stress imposed by the inherent genetic potential of the animal. Like a high-performance race car, it “might” finish the race on cheap fuel, but will more than likely pull out of the race early. Could it be that in our quest to lower feed costs by replacing traditional feedstuffs, namely soybean meal and corn, with synthetic nutrients (e.g. amino acids) and co-products (e.g. distillers grains), we have removed nutrients that were once considered non-essential or not important? At XF-Nebraska we appreciate having those technologies and nutritional options available. At the same time, we recognize the need to nutritionally support the incredible genetic potential of your animals. We have always believed in the philosophy of “Super Abundant Nutrition”, while also considering the cost and return on (all) investments including management, facilities, genetics and feed.
Our list of products is broad, but most can be found in one of the following categories.
- \Premium Proteins – vital in piglet diets when a superior amino acid profile along with high palatability and digestibility are needed.
- \Essential Fatty Acids – an all-vegetable source of Omega-3 fatty acids for all species.
- \Functional Minerals – ingredients that offer more to the host than basic nutritional needs.
- \Non-antibiotic Health Promotors – giving the animal every opportunity to thrive without the fear of antibiotic resistance and residues.
It simply isn’t possible to address all the nutritional scenarios and options in a web site or on social media. With that, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions and/or to discuss possible applications that might fit your operation. Better yet, we’d love to meet you in person.