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Benefits of Net Energy Utilisation for Pig Diet Formulation
At the 2014 Teagasc Pig Farmers' Conference, Edgar Garcia Manzanilla of Teagasc explained the different systems for expressing the energy content of feeds and feed ingredients for pigs and the advantages of using Net Energy for feed formulation....
Can Group-Housed Sows be Raised at Lower Temperatures to Reduce Barn Heating Costs?
Operant mechanisms allow sows housed in group systems to control their own environmental temperatures, allowing for lower barn temperatures, according to B. Predicala, A. Alvarado, D. Beaulieu and J. Brown of the Prairie Swine Centre (PSC) in Canada in...
Handling Gilts
Tips on handling young gilts without stress from BPEX in the 'Work Instruction' series, no.13....
Alternative Euthanasia Methods to Manually Applied Blunt Force Trauma for Piglets
Gas euthanasia, non-penetrating captive bolt and other methods of euthanising for pigs weighing up to 12 pounds are explained an compared by Larry J. Sadler, Anna K. Johnson and Suzanne T. Millman of Iowa State University in a factsheet for Pork Information...
China's Food Self-sufficiency Policy
It is unlikely China will be able to maintain self-sufficiency on all major agrifood commodities, according to Matthew Hyde and Faraz Syed in the latest Agricultural Commodities quarterly report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource...
Improving Feed Efficiency
Bruce Schumann of Grand Valley Fortifiers Ltd and Ruurd Zijlstra of the University of Alberta explained to the 2014 London Swine Conference how to improve feed efficiency in growing-finishing pigs by using feed additives or adjusting feed form, nutrient...
Swapping Litters
Swapping whole litters will reduce the stress normally experienced by the piglets from being moved and mixed with a group of new litter mates, whilst providing the weaker piglets the opportunity to recover through improved milk intake, according to BPEX...
How to Maintain a Swine Manure Storage System
Reduce the risk of environmental issues by regular attention to the level, integrity, appearance and safety of a manure storage system, advises Erin Cortus of South Dakota State University for Pork Information Gateway....
Effects of Extrusion of Corn and Oats on Digestibility of Energy, Crude Protein and Fibre in Diets Fed to Pigs
Extrusion of corn (maize) increased its digestibility and concentration of energy but the treatment did not affect these parameters when applied to oats, according to new research at the Hans H Stein Monogastric Nutrition Lab at the University of Illinois...
Tagging Animals for Identification
Why and how to tag sows and other pigs are explained by BPEX in No.11 in its 'Work Instructions' series....
Phosphorus Digestibility in Rice Co-products Fed to Growing Pigs
Phosphorus digestibility is not not high in most rice co-products but the high concentration of the mineral in some products makes them good sources if microbial phytase is also added to the feed, according to new research from the Hans H. Stein Monogastric...
Sudden Death During Transport: How Hog Heart Health Affects in-Transit Losses
At the London Swine Conference 2014, Kathy Zurbrigg of the University of Guelph described a study, in which she found that the majority of pigs that died in transit had a pre-existing cardiac abnormality, similar to one found in humans....
Effect of Diet Composition and Particle Size on Nutrient Excretion of Finishing Pigs and Propensity to Cause Manure Pit Foaming
Fibre composition in soybean hulls has a greater impact on manure-foaming capability than the fibre in DDGS, report Zhaohui Luo, Pedro Urriola, Bo Hu, and Gerald Shurson of the University of Minnesota and Brian Kerr of USDA-ARS. They also found that diets...
Marketing Pigs
Pigs need to be sold at an optimum weight in order to maximise profit. Chad Paulk of Texas A&M University explains how to calculate the best weight in a Factsheet for Pork Information Gateway....
Shunt Fostering on a Three-Week Batch System Outdoors
The aim of shunt, cascade or two-stage fostering is to provide extra suckling capacity when born alive is higher than the number of functioning teats in that batch, according to BPEX in no.10 in its Work Instruction series. ...
Managing Pile-ups
Sylven Blouin explained to the 2014 London Swine Conference how Agri-Marché manages piglet flows as sows become more prolific....
Strategies to Improve Sow Productive Lifetime
Changes in vulva development during days 95 to 115 of age, presumably driven by oestrogen production from tertiary follicles, may be a useful tool to identify which gilts to keep for breeding, according to this report for Pork Checkoff....
Post-harvest Grazing of Hogs in Organic Fruit Orchards for Weed, Fruit and Insect Pest Management
Where pigs were allowed to graze under apple, cherry and pear trees, there was significantly less insect damage to the fruit the following season, US-based researchers have reported....
Survey of Current Swiss Pig Feeding Practices and Potential for Ammonia Emission Reduction
A survey in Switzerland reveals that ammonia emissions from pig production could be reduced at low cost, in particular, by lowering crude protein levels in feeds for finishers and dry sows....
African Swine Fever: Growing Concern Across Europe
Concern is rising in Europe over the continuing increase in the number of cases of African swine fever (ASF) that are being reported in the north-eastern EU states....
International Trade: Barriers and Opportunities for Canada's Pork Sector
Two-thirds of Canada’s pork products are exported, making export markets vital to the health and continued growth of Canada’s hog industry, trade consultant, Kathleen Sullivan, from Ottawa told the 2014 London Swine Conference in March 2014....
How Do the Danes Rear 35 Piglets Per Sow and Year?
One Danish pig farmer shared the secrets of his success in rearing more than 35 piglets per sow and year, saying it’s all about teamwork, attention to detail and the desire to be number 1. Jackie Linden reports....
Measuring Manure Depth in the PED Era
The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus stays viable in stored manure for extended periods of time. In barns that have experienced a PED outbreak, producers should avoid bringing stored manure back up to the surface where it could infect PED-susceptible...
 
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