The trial was held last year in the US. It explored the performance of almost 300 Hypor Magnus boars under different feeding strategies. Half of these boars were finished on a flat energy feeding strategy, in which they received a fixed proportion of energy within their diet throughout finishing. Their performance was compared the other half fed an increasing energy feeding strategy, in which the proportion of energy was increased over a phased period in the diet.
To the surprise of Hypor’s researchers, the two groups performed equally well across all performance indicators. Those fed an increasing energy strategy only delivered a slightly higher lean yield.
“The synergies in the results of the Hickory Ridge Trial show that Hypor Magnus boars maintain excellent feed efficiency, achieve high growth rates to produce a high value carcass no matter what the feeding strategy is,” said Gregory Simpson, Swine Nutritionist/Product Manager at Hypor. “Hypor Magnus has versatile capacities that enable it to thrive and deliver optimal production in different parts of the world.”