SHOREVIEW, Minn. — Purina Animal Nutrition celebrates the one-year anniversary of the Feeding for 30 program and welcomes new partners to further this industry-wide initiative.

Launched in 2012, the Feeding for 30 program builds on the industry goal of achieving 30 pigs per sow per year and aims to promote sow management and nutrition practices to boost performance starting in the gestation and farrowing barns and continuing through all growing phases.

Researchers behind the program explain that meeting the benchmark of 30 pigs per sow per year has economic and herd health benefits. Sow nutrition is highlighted as a priority to meet the industry goal while maintaining longevity within herds. The program was started by Purina Animal Nutrition in partnership with Zinpro Corp.

“When we created the Feeding for 30 program, we knew that properly feeding sows promotes their health and well-being — allowing better potential of achieving 30 healthy piglets weaned each year,” said Elena Lindemann, lactating livestock marketing director with Purina Animal Nutrition.

“To share this message, we have been providing tools to producers aimed to improve productivity, including monthly management tips, online resources through, a discussion forum on Facebook and research-sharing at industry events.”

Sow productivity rates in the U.S. are on the rise, but research shows there still is room for improvement in how these more productive sows are fed and managed. When Swine Management Systems LLC in Fremont, Neb., started its database a few years ago, there were no farms over 30 pigs per sow per year.

New data clearly shows industry growth. Out of 822 farms analyzed, representing 1.3 million sows in the U.S., 16 operations now are consistently over 30 pigs per sow per year with measurable growth in many of the operations.

This year, the Feeding for 30 program welcomes another partner. DSM is joining Purina Animal Nutrition and Zinpro Corp. to share information and research to help producers improve sow nutrition and management.

“We are pleased to have Zinpro Corp. and DSM as industry partners of the Feeding for 30 program as we help producers achieve their goals,” Lindemann said.