Feeding strategies


Based on research conducted by Dr. Ron Ball, now-retired researcher from University of Alberta, parity-segregated phase feeding would minimize the overfeeding of gestating sows while still adequately meeting their amino acid and energy requirements.

Any related savings in feed costs would depend on price relationships but, in general, savings are greater for older sows when there are wide price gaps between corn and soybean meal.

Inspired by this research, a project was conducted in a commercial setting to compare a conventional feeding strategy to a parity-segregated phase feeding strategy. Based on 2017 average Quebec feed prices, the use of a parity-segregated phase feeding program resulted in a reduction in feed costs at around $5/sow per year.

For more information, please consult this article published in the Better Pork, June 2019 (Link) and this article published in the Canadian Hog Journal, Summer 2019 (Link).


This project was funded by Swine Innovation Porc within the Swine Cluster 2: Driving Results Through Innovation research program. Funding was provided by Agriculture and Agri‐Food Canada through the AgriInnovation Program, provincial producer organizations and industry partners.

We would like to thank Mr. John Van Engelen from Hog Tied Farms for his participation in the trial conducted in Ontario, as well as M. Doug Richards from the Prairie Swine Centre in implementing and following up on the on-farm demonstration.