Swine Products and Services
We deliver our nutrition technologies and our new health and technology products seamlessly side by side.
As we look forward, we create value for our clients with innovative animal health and technology products. We use teamwork to solve problems and research to prove solutions.
For over 100 years, Furst-McNess has delivered customized commercial feed, feed ingredients, and consulting to our clients. We remain committed to high-quality, performance-based feed technologies with the best ingredients.
Natures’s Fuel® utilizes exclusive, heavily-researched, patent-pending technology for sows in both gestation and lactation. Natures’s Fuel® supports the sow’s feed intake during lactation, milk production, digestion efficiency, as well as general health and welfare. Extensive research suggests an improvement in piglet weaning weights, reduced incidence of stillborn, improved piglet viability and improved immunoglobulin content of sow’s milk.
Furst Boost™ is an oral drench that delivers a blend of nutritional technologies including probiotic bacteria, yeast-based fermentation extract and spray-dried egg powder to nutritionally support piglets. Furst Boost™ can be used to supplement piglets 12 to 24 hours after birth, as a colostrum supplement or in fallback pens in nurseries. On-farm research has shown Furst Boost™ to be highly effective at nutritionally supporting piglets with scours in health-challenged situations such as E. coli, Rota Virus A, B and C as well as PEDv.
Instant Bite is designed to be used as a top dress for the first two to three days post-weaning to stimulate post-weaning feed intake, ideally as a gruel feed. Instant Bite, which is extremely palatable and highly digestible, comes in meal form utilizing Wean Fuel® technology and provides extremely high levels of sugars, amino acids and Vitamins E & C. Instant Bite is ideally suited to be used in fallback pens, or to help small pigs (7 to 10 pounds) thrive.
Superior Vegetarian Crumbles
A crumble program that is completely vegetarian (no animal protein). This product has been specifically designed and developed for systems that participate in antibiotic-free production.
Complete Fuel Crumbles
Complete Fuel Crumbles allow for greater flowability of ingredients high in milk and sugar products. These mini-crumbles include specific McNess nutritional technologies that allow pigs of sufficient size to start with minimal or no starter pellets, while still realizing exceptional performance. Complete Fuel Crumbles are designed to allow for easier transition from start to finish in the nursery and is ideal for on-farm milling.
Vegetarian Nursery Fuel 50
Vegetarian Nursery Fuel 50 is available to use with the Superior Vegetarian Crumbles for systems feeding antibiotic-free programs and requiring a completely vegetarian fed diet.
Furst Water Boost™ is a unique water application technology that nutritionally supports piglets during the nursery phase or in high-stress transitions. Delivered through the drinking water, Furst Water Boost™ combines and delivers three specific strains of probiotic bacteria with a concentrated yeast-based fermentation extract, key botanical extracts, organic acids and flavors, to support gut health. This easy-to-use product mixes well, and is recommended for use in the first 3 days post-weaning, or as a nutritional supplement at the onset of diarrhea. Pigs’ stomachs are often challenged when they are transferring from a complex starter diet to a simpler corn/soy diet around week 2 to 3; using Furst Water Boost™ can ease this transition and decrease the negative impact on performance. Moving pigs from a nursery to a finisher can be another stressor; using Furst Water Boost™ for the first 1 to 3 days may be highly beneficial in limiting the effects of this pressure. One case supplies approximately 1,200 animals for a three-day supplementation period.
Feeding young animals requires the use of highly-digestible, and highly-biologically available ingredients. Gold Pro™ has a unique amino acid composition and high-energy content, which is of critical value in the formulation of starter diets for pigs. Gold Pro™ is entirely vegetarian, containing no animal protein. It is a combination of corn and yeast protein that have been carefully produced through proprietary processes, creating a highly-digestible protein ingredient, reaching a crude protein content of 48-50%, and has a unique amino acid composition of lysine at 2.36%, valine at 2.90% and isoleucine at 2.23% – allowing for flexible formulations and significant cost savings in starter rations. Research has shown noteworthy improvements in livability when fed Gold Pro™ and replacing NF8 (fermented soybean meal) with a reduction in mortality by 2.5% (Sandberg et al. 2015), and more recently by replacing HP300 (Sandberg et al. In Press).
Defend XT utilizes a simplified three-part solution for maintaining feed quality for nursery and finishing pigs, utilizing the power of Sodium Metabisulfite, yeast cell walls and polar clays. Defend XT helps maintain feed intake, growth and reproduction by helping to ensure optimal nutritional intake. This natural feed supplement uses only AAFCO-approved ingredients and can be used in both nursery and finishing rations.
Utilizes exclusive, patent-pending technology for pigs from 150 pounds to market. Lean Fuel® is an all-natural, non-GMO, heavily-researched technology that supports feed intake and maintains health, which may lead to improved uniformity and growth in pigs. Research has shown that Lean Fuel® supports excellent feed intake and growth (Sandberg et al. 2015), and several trials have shown improvements in yield, and therefore carcass feed efficiency. Further research has shown improved Iodine values in both the belly and the jowl, which may be beneficial in certain systems.
Energy is the most costly part of a pig’s diet. Not all enzymes (or blends of enzymes) are created equal, and when enzymes of optimum quality are used at the correct levels, they can offer significant savings in feed costs. McNess Core™ is a combination of carefully produced and selected levels of six primary enzymes (alpha amylase, beta-glucanase, cellulase, xylanase, protease and phytase) and two pro-biotic bacterias (Bacillus subtilus and Bacillus lichenformis) that synergistically facilitate the digestion of different fractions of plant materials. Supporting the digestion of feed stuffs, and supporting a balanced and even feed intake, allows for uniform growth. The individual components of Core™, as well as how those components interact with each other, have been heavily researched and are shown to improve feed intake, nutrient digestibility and carcass uniformity.
Reliant Tabs (a broad-spectrum disinfectant, non-food contact sanitizer) are an easy-to-use, cost-effective, EPA-registered effervescent tablet used to disinfect hard, non-porous surfaces and drinking water. These tabs are effective against animal pathogens and viruses such as ASFv, PEDv, Colostridium perfringens, Avian influenza and many more on hard surfaces.
Equalize™ Swine is a direct-fed microbial that is designed to maintain production in pigs at all stages. Equalize™ Swine also contains a unique combination of yeast cell walls, enzymes and yeast metabolites together with polar hydrated aluminosilicate clays. Equalize™ Swine contains a patented technology for maintaining the performance of pigs and livestock. By sustaining feed intake, the growth and reproductive performance can be preserved at acceptable levels. It can be added to rations for assuring feed quality and palatability. For even greater success, combine Equalize™ Swine with a high-quality mold inhibitor such as propionic acid.
Equalize™ XTS utilizes a complete five-part solution to help improve feed quality for all classes of swine, utilizing the power of Sodium Metabisulfite, exclusive live yeast, yeast cell walls, polar clays, and specific enzymes. Equalize™ XTS helps maintain feed intake, growth and reproduction by helping to ensure optimal nutritional intake and supports a stronger immune system. This natural feed supplement uses only AAFCO-approved ingredients and can be used in both nursery and finishing rations.
Research and Development
We deliver our nutrition technologies and our new health and technology products seamlessly side by side.
Research and innovation are foundational to our success. Furst-McNess invests in research to develop innovative technologies and to advance fundamental concepts of nutrition. Our commitment is proven through our investment in our state-of-the-art research and trial facility, which is set up with university-level precision on a commercial scale. With 8 to 10 replicate pens per treatment and 30 pigs per pen, our results can be replicated and thoroughly tested for efficacy and safety. In addition, we conduct trials at several locations in partnership with research-oriented producers and contract research facilities.
Publishing trials in peer-reviewed journals means that data and trial designs are reviewed by other scientists in the field for consistency and accuracy. We take great pride in publishing some of our research wherever possible to support and demonstrate our technology-based products, and to share that fundamental nutritional knowledge with the industry. Several abstracts and publications have been produced from our research and are available upon request at email@example.com.
K.T. Soltwedel, S.J. England, M.R. Bible and F.B. Sandberg (2019) Performance of DNA 600 Duroc Sired Pigs when Split Sex Fed with Commercial Diets with or without a Blend of Phytonutrients (LeanFuel). Midwest American Society of Animal Science, Omaha, NE.
F.B. Sandberg, K.T. Soltwedel, S.J. England and M.R. Bible (2019) Evaluating the Effects of Feed Form, with and without a Nutritional Water Supplement, on the Performance of Piglets Raised in a Commercial Research Facility without Feed Grade Antibiotics. Midwest American Society of Animal Science, Omaha, NE.
A.M. Sawyer, S.D. Carter, C.V. Cooper, P. Aparachita, M.R. Bible and F.B. Sandberg (2019) Evaluation of a Nutritional Water Supplement on Growth Performance of Nursery Pigs. Midwest American Society of Animal Science, Omaha, NE
T.M. Fakler, F.B. Sandberg, S.J. England, M.R. Bible, K.T. Soltwedel, J.Y. Jacela and K.J. Touchette (2018) Effects of a Fermentation Biomass (Ajitein) and a Modified Corn Byproduct (GOLD PRO™) on Health and Growth Performance of Nursery Pigs Fed Antibiotic-free and Vegetarian Diets. Midwest American Society of Animal Science, Omaha, NE.
F.B. Sandberg, S.J. England, T.M. Fakler, K.T. Soltwedel, J.E. Stevenson and M.R. Bible (2017). Performance of Nursery Pigs Fed a Customized Antibiotic-free Program, with or without, Three Different Types of Feed Grade Antibiotics. Midwest American Society of Animal Science, Omaha, NE.
F.B. Sandberg, H.D. Wilt, S.J. England, T.M. Fakler, K.T. Soltwedel and M.R. Bible (2017). Effects of Feeding a Multi-enzyme and Probiotic Bacteria Blend (CORE™) on Performance of Nursery Pigs Fed a Highly-Digestible Diet. Midwest American Society of Animal Science, Omaha, NE.
F.B. Sandberg, S.J. England, T.M. Fakler, K.T. Soltwedel and M.R. Bible (2017). Effects on Replacing an Enzymatically-modified Soybean Meal (HP300) with a Corn/Yeast Protein By-product (GOLD PRO™) on Performance and Health Status of Nursery Pigs. Midwest American Society of Animal Science, Omaha, NE
F. Sandberg, S. England, C. PHillips, B. Mitteness, S. Anderson and M. Bible (2016). Improved Livability with the Use of WEAN FUEL® for Nursery Pigs Fed either a Simple High Soybean Meal Diet or a Complex High Lysine Diet. Leman Veterinary Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
F.B. Sandberg, S.J. England and M.R. Bible (2016). Effects of Porcine Reproductive Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) Status (Stable vs Active) on the Performance of Weaned Pigs when Fed either a Complex Diet, a Simple Diet or a Simple Diet with Lactose. Midwest American Society of Animal Science, Des Moines, IA.
F.B. Sandberg, S.J. England and M.R. Bible (2016). Performance Responses of Weaned Pigs when Fermented Soybean Meal (NF8) was Replaced with a Modified Grain By-product (GOLD PRO™). Midwest American Society of Animal Science, Des Moines, IA.
F. Sandberg, J. Calderon, J. England and D.D. Hall (2015).Response of Weaned Pigs to Spray-dried Porcine Plasma and Feed-grade Antibiotics Compared with Antibiotic-free Vegetarian Diet Supplemented with 3 Different Levels of a Source of Phytonutrients (NATURE’S FUEL™). Midwest American Society of Animal Science, Des Moines, IA.
F. Sandberg, J. Calderon, J. England, D.D. Hall, C. Phillips and B. Mitteness (2015). Response of Weaned Pigs to Spray-dried Porcine Plasma and Feed-grade Antibiotics Compared with Antibiotic-free Diets Supplemented with Polyclonal IgY Antibodies (Wean Right) and Plant Extracts (NATURE’S FUEL™). Midwest American Society of Animal Science, Des Moines, IA.