Cargill is stepping up its research into sow nutrition by renting a 2,000-sow farm.
It’s at Britt, Iowa, just over the border from Cargill’s research centre at Elk River, Minnesota.
Cargill’s research team will be able to see how feeds influence gestation, lactation, and gilt development.
The farm will also take visitors.
"We can continue to monitor how feeding the sow impacts the performance of offspring all the way to final market weight,” said Brooke Humphrey, global pork technology director for Cargill’s animal feed business.
Cargill will use this capability to focus on piglet livability, and provide on-farm training to employees in either technical or commercial roles.