Research and Development

Research and innovation are foundational to our success.  Furst-McNess invests heavily in extensive research to not only support and develop innovative technologies, but to advance fundamental concepts of nutrition.  Our commitment to research is proven through our investment in our state-of-the-art research and trial facility, which is set up to conduct research 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. 

    SELECT RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS

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 research@mcness.com.


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 (Natures Fuel TM). 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 (Natures Fuel). Midwest American Society of Animal Science, Des Moines, IA.


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 Swine Veterinary Conference, Minneapolis, MN.


M.R. Bible, S.J. England, and F.B. Sandberg  (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.B. Sandberg, S.J. England, and M.R. Bible (2016)   Responses to feeding higher levels of dried distiller grains with solubles (DDGS) for gilts and barrows, when supplemented with plant extracts (Lean Fuel). Midwest American Society of Animal Science, Des Moines, IA.


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 of 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.