Pig feeds and feeding
Pigs are fed according to a precise feeding plan. At every stage in production, animals have their own unique needs and, as such, the content of feeds varies depending on the production phase. It is important for animals that are suckling to receive sufficient energy, which piglets require to provide a good basis for growth, and fattening pigs need the correct nourishment to correspond to their growth.
The main raw ingredient in pig feed is grain. The majority of this is produced on Finnish farms. In addition, supplementary protein is essential for growth and well-being – for example, Finnish barley protein feeds, broad beans or soya. Barley protein feed, which is concentrated from Finnish barley, is a by-product of barley starch production at Altia's Koskenkorva plant. More than half of the pigs slaughtered by Atria have received A-Rehu's barley protein feed as their main form of supplementary protein. A-Rehu is Altia's largest single supplier of animal feed components to farms. If soya is used as a supplementary source of protein in pig feed, it is always imported. A-Rehu only uses GM-free Pro Terra certified soya in its own products. Feeding plans must also be designed to ensure that animals receive sufficient amounts of vitamins, micronutrients and minerals.