OCM Global – Swine

OCM™ Global is truly a friend of the swine producer! OCM™ Global is a unique blend of minerals (non-medicated) that has been credited with preventing and solving digestive problems in livestock for many years. Swine producers, production managers and veterinarians have come to depend on OCM™ Global because they can see the difference. These professionals see consistent feed intakes resulting in uninterrupted performance and growth.

OCM™ Global helps to restore and maintain normal intestinal function, making it an essential part of each area of production:

Sow – Gilts Grow-Finish

Gestation & Pre-farrowing:

The management and nutrition of the gestating sow is profoundly important to any swine production system. In addition to achieving high fetal survival and uniform development, the sow must restore and/or maintain ideal body condition, develop immunologically rich colostrum, and prepare for optimum early lactation performance. These objectives are to be met in only 114 days … with limited daily feed.

Various degrees of constipation are frequently observed during the gestation period, due in part to the relatively low feed mass in the intestinal tract. When nutrient intake is limited, and requirements are high, it is desirable to maintain efficient digestion and optimum feed passage. With OCM™ Global, you will see the difference.

Farrowing & Lactation:

A short birthing period, vigorous new-born piglets, a keen sow appetite, and ample colostrum and milk supply are the characteristics of an ideal farrowing event. Recognizing that optimal intestinal function is required to insure ideal farrowing events in their systems, swine production professionals have relied upon OCM™ Global for over 40 years. They consistently see the difference.

OCM™ Global for Sows in…

Early Gestation (d-1 to d-100):
8-18 lb/ton (4-9 kg/MT)

Late Gestation (d-101 to d-114):
10-36 lb/ton (5-18 kg/MT)

Lactation:
10-36 lb/ton (5-18 kg/MT)

Note: 1 to 4 oz may be top-dressed in the feed or water bowel as needed.

Sow Constipation

A Common Viewpoint…

  • A Nuisance – increased labor during lactation & cleanup
  • A Consequence of an existing (more serious?) problem
  • Accepted as a Normal condition at farrowing
  • Goes Unnoticed

A Medical Viewpoint…

  • The 1st Clinical Sign of dehydration
  • An Early Warning Sign of approaching health and production problems
  • A Focused Treatment is required
  • A Preventable condition

A sow does not have to be totally “bound up” to suffer the effects of constipation. Some of the most common indicators beyond the obvious accumulation of hard dry feces are:

  • Little or No Fecal Passage
  • Low Feed Intakes
  • Prolonged Farrowing Events
  • Stillborn Pigs
  • Colostrum Deprived and Starved-out Pigs
  • Neonate Scours
  • MMA (Mastitis, Metritis & Agalactia)

Professionals have come to rely on OCM™ Global for many because they see the difference.

Laxative Options

Individual Mineral Salts

  • e.g. MgSO4, KCl & KSO4
  • low dietary inclusion
  • low cost
  • low palatability
  • tissue dehydration

High Fiber Products

  • e.g. bran, alfalfa & psyllium
  • tactile gut stimulation
  • high dietary inclusion rate
  • weak cathartics
  • generate metabolic heat

The Ideal Laxative

The ideal laxative:

  • Will Not Dehydrate
  • Is effective with a Low Dietary Inclusion
  • Supports Optimum Electrolyte balance
  • Maintains High Moisture content throughout the GI tract
  • Removes the chronic accumulations of mucus
  • Will not generate excessive metabolic heat

Growing & Finishing

Establishing a consistent and high level of feed intake in support rapid and efficient weight gain is the ultimate objective in most growing and finishing swine operations. Further, producing pork to meet the ever increasing worldwide quality standards is also the responsibility of the pork producer. This level of technical responsibility has elevated the grow-finish segment of pork industry to a stand-alone professional status.

Despite our best management efforts and use of the latest technologies, however, stressors still find their way into our systems. Unfortunately, the animal’s response to these stressors usually compromises our goal of consistent feed intake and/or efficient feed utilization. Examples of the most common stressors are:

  • Health Challenges
  • Poor Feed Quality
  • Changes in Ambient Temperature
  • Changes in Barometric Pressure

The magnitude and frequency of a given stressor will dictate the level of response from the animal. Hormones released during periods of stress (i.e. cortisol and catecholamines) almost always interfere with consistent feed intake … which is our number one goal!

Stress

Response

  • Disrupted feed intake with evidence of digestive upset:
    • Off feed
    • Diarrhea-Constipation cycle
    • Gastric Ulcers
  • Irritability (ear / tail biting)
  • Decrease in general health
  • Decrease in performance

Prevention

  • When possible, minimize the magnitude and/or frequency of stressors.
  • Fortify diets to accommodate nutrient variations.
  • Fortify diets with OCM™ Global, known to encourage gut motility and support electrolyte balance.

Mitigating Heat Stress

  • Feed only fresh feed
  • Minimize dietary fiber levels to reduce metabolic heat production.
  • Maximize dietary fat/oil levels during hot weather.
  • Fortify diets with OCM™ Global, known to dilute and dissipate heat by:
    • Increasing water intake and feed passage.
    • Optimizing the animal’s electrolyte balance.