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Effects of Algae-Modified Montmorillonite Clay on Growth Performance of Nursery Pigs
Deoxynivalenol (DON), also known as vomitoxin, is a mycotoxin commonly found in wheat, corn, and other cereal grains. During wet, cool periods of the growing season, Fusarium graminearum forms a head blight, producing DON as a secondary metabo­lite,...
Influence of Storage Bin Design and Feed Characteristics on Flowability of Pig Diets Containing Maize Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles
Maize dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) is a valuable ingredient in the swine industry but when incorporated into diets at high levels (40%) poor flowability of the feed often results, write Adrienne M. Hilbrands et al, University of Minnesota,...
Challenges in Behavioural Change and Ways to Overcome them
According to scientists we are living in a VUCA world, a world that is more and more impacted by increasing levels of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity....
Dietary Potassium Diformate in Sow Nutrition in Latin America – Impact on Sows and Piglets
Potassium diformate, a double-salt of formic acid, has been shown in numerous trials to improve health and performance in piglets, growing-finishing pigs and sows. Thus, potassium diformate (KDF) has been approved in the European Union as the first non-antibiotic...
Sodium Diformate and Alkoloid-based Feed Additives on Growth Performance and Streptococcus Infection in Weaned Piglets
Potassium diformate, a double-salt of formic acid, has been shown in numerous trials to improve health and performance in piglets, growing-finishing pigs and sows. Thus, potassium diformate (KDF) has been approved in the European Union as the first non-antibiotic...
PRRS Solutions in the Field
Successful implementation of new tools from the toolbox...
The Key Elements of Genotype Panels
Genomics has become commonplace for any serious swine genetics company and it is used to improve genetic gain, which directly affects profitability for the customer. ...
Acoustic Signalling Strongly Related to Personality in the Domestic Pig
Social interactions among individuals are often mediated through acoustic signals. If acoustic signals are consistent and related to an individual's personality, these consistent individual differences in signalling may be an important driver in social...
Evaluating Lameness in Sows
There has been an increase in the culling of sows due to lameness. Three presentations discussed this topic during the 24th International Pig Veterinary Society Congress in Dublin, Ireland in 2016....
Virulence of Currently Circulating PRRSv Isolates under Experimental Conditions
In 2014 in North Carolina, anecdotal reports of a particularly virulent PRRSV isolate (RFLP cut pattern 1-7-4) were reported by practicing veterinarians. ...
Proper Trace Mineral Nutrition Can Increase Longevity in Sow Herds
Foot lesions can bleed away profits on swine operations, but many foot problems can be prevented by proper trace mineral nutrition in sow diets. Copper, zinc and manganese are the three trace minerals most demanded by sows. Feeding the right amounts of...
No Transmission of Hepatitis E Virus in Pigs Fed Diets Containing Commercial Spray-Dried Porcine Plasma
Spray-dried porcine plasma (SDPP) is an ingredient commonly used in feed for pigs around the world. Even though processing conditions used to produce SDPP should be adequate to inactivate Hepatitis E virus (HEV), it was of interest to analyze commercial...
Evaluation of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) Challenge Dose in Vaccinated Pigs
The swine industry continues to experience significant losses due to PRRSV infections. The infectious dose of PRRSV has been shown to be very low, therefore highly infectious. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of PRRSV challenge dose...
Effects of Dietary Potassium Diformate in Piglets and Fatteners Under Tropical Conditions
Dietary potassium diformate (KDF) has been widely applied in pig production for almost 20 years and has been reported in numerous publications and conference contributions, for its use in sows, piglets and fatteners, writes Christian Lückstädt, Addcon....
Weaning Pigs Agree: “Change is Hard”
How would you feel if one day – seemingly out of the blue – someone took away your favorite beverage and replaced it with something they said was good for you? Would you scream frustration? Would you refuse to do anything? Would you sulk? If you said,...
Does Circulating Antibody Play a Role in the Protection of Piglets Against Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus?
The Coronaviridae is a large and complex family of enveloped, single-stranded, positive-sense RNA viruses that cause enteric and respiratory disease in humans and animals, write Luis Gabriel Giménez-Lirola et al, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa...
Issues with Carbon Dioxide Stunning of Pigs
CO2 stunning can be reversible; pigs may recover consciousness, therefore the time between stunning and exsanguination is a determining factor for the efficiency of the stunning process....
Pig Farming - Feeding for Successful Offspring
The swine industry has made great strides in swine reproduction; most specifically in the areas of increased litter size, increased milk production and improvements in productivity traits. With such rapid growth and improvement in those areas, other areas...
Variation in Pig Growth Rate and Live Weight
Measuring variation in live weight in a population of pigs is conceptually very simple but problematic because it requires that large numbers of pigs are weighed periodically....
Evaluation of Electrostatic Particle Ionization Technology for Decreasing Airborne Pathogens in Pigs
Influenza A virus (IAV), porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) and Staphylococcus aureus are important swine pathogens capable of being transmitted via aerosols. The electrostatic particle...
Consumers and Pork Quality – Sensory Taste
Globally, pork is consumed in the largest proportion of all meat (40.1%), followed by poultry (34.1%), beef (21.0%) and finally sheep and goat meat (4.7%) (USDA, 2015). Consumers are the last and most important step in the pork chain, and satisfying their...
Dynamic Distribution of Gut Microbiota and the Relationship with Apparent Crude Fiber Digestibility and Growth in Pigs
The large and diverse microbial population contained in the mammalian gastrointestinal tract plays an important role in health and nutrient digestion, writes Qing Niu et al, Institute of Swine Science, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China....
Issues in Group Housing of Sows
Group housing of sows requires careful management, since a whole range of issues can become problematic. Two of these issues, belly nosing and roundworm infections, were discussed during the 24th International Pig Veterinary Society Congress in Dublin,...
 
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