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Effectiveness of Hygen Pro® Strept Phytobiotic versus Clinical Strains of Porcine Streptococcus Suis
Streptococcal infections are one of the leading causes of economic and production losses in pig farming, write Téllez, S et al, Liptosa....
Immunity and Gastrointestinal Function of Weaning Pigs
Weaning is a critical period in a pig’s life; the pig must cope with separation from the sow, the transition from highly digestible milk to a less digestible and more complex solid feed, a new environment, movement and separation from littermates, and...
General Ventilation Principles to Maximise Pig Productivity
Pig production around the globe has become very sophisticated with well-controlled environments that, if controlled properly, maximize animal well-being and production efficiency. The major thermal challenge in pig housing is economical mitigation of...
Controlling Gastric Ulcers in Pigs
Gastric ulcers in finishing pigs can be a major issue, affecting performance factors such as weight gain and feed conversion. Several investigations on ulcers were presented during the 24th International Pig Veterinary Society Congress in Dublin, Ireland,...
Consumer Perspectives on Pork Quality
I was recently at the National Swine Improvement Federation (NSFI) conference in Raleigh, NC. This conference is held annually with most attendees being involved directly in the pork genetics industry. One of the key topics this year was consumer perspective...
Nutriad Concludes 2016 Spain Maize Mycotoxin Survey
Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by filamentous fungi that cause a toxic response (mycotoxicosis) when ingested by farm and companion animals....
Nursery Weight Predicts Finishing Pig Performance
New research from Purina Animal Nutrition shows that every pound a pig gains at weaning can be correlated to nearly 2 pounds at the end of nursery and nearly 4 pounds at finishing....
Discerning Pig Screams in Production Environments
Pig vocalisations convey information about their current state of health and welfare. Continuously monitoring these vocalisations can provide useful information for the farmer, write J.Vandermeulen et al, M3-BIORES, KU Leuven, Leuven Belgium....
Optimise Sow Performance Through Efficient Mineral Supplementation
For many decades the focus for sow farmers has been on increasing the number of total weaned piglets per sow per year. This number has been steadily rising, with more and more farmers now reaching the impressive number of 35 piglets weaned per sow per...
Nutriad 2016 UK & Ireland Mycotoxin Survey in Wheat
Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by filamentous fungi that cause a toxic response (mycotoxicosis) when ingested by farm and companion animals....
How to Reduce Pig Weight Variability?
In a sector aiming at standardizing the final product at the maximum, variability in pig weight at slaughter age is still one of the major issues in the swine industry nowadays, reports Miquel Collel (Director, Scientific Marketing Affairs, Global Swine)...
Consumers and Pork Quality - Tenderness
For the pork industry, there is one common goal: to provide a cost competitive, wholesome, uniform and quality product to the consumer....
Salmonella Reduction in Pork Production
Yearly approximately 80 million cases of human Salmonella infections are reported world wide. This makes Salmonella one of the most important zoonosis. There are over 2,400 different serotypes of Salmonella of which the most important in swine are S....
Pork Meat Quality: Understanding Industry Measurements and Guidelines
There is no single definition of high quality meat used in the pork industry today. Meat quality is a combination of subjective and objective measurements which vary across markets, particularly international markets....
Role of Zinc on Metallothionein Gene Expression in Pigs
Zinc is critical for the functional and structural integrity of cells and contributes to a number of important processes including gene expression (Cousins, 1996; O’Halloran, 1993; Silva and Williams, 1991), writes Dr Sanjib Borah, Assistant Professor,...
How Much Lactose is Needed in Post-Weaning Piglet Feeds?
One method to control piglet feed cost is to prevent overfeeding of lactose. To achieve this feed formulation goal, accurate estimates of lactose requirements are needed according to body weight and overall diet composition, writes Ioannis Mavromichalis....
What Brexit Might Mean for the UK Pig Industry and Trade?
In this edition of Horizon, AHDB examines pork industry trade flows between the UK, the EU and its other major global trading partners, as well as looking at how trading relationships might change after the UK leaves the EU. In addition, the report examines...
Accuracies of Prediction in Pig Breeding
The aim of animal breeding is to genetically improve populations. In other words, the next generation should be superior to the current generation, writes Dinesh Thekkoot, PhD University of Alberta and Genesus Inc....
Dual-Strain Probiotic Boosts Performance on Energy-Reduced Diets
New research shows that a dual-strain probiotic feed supplement can help pig producers reduce feed costs, without compromising performance....
Copper Is Key for Piglet Performance
The element is essential to a functional immune system and optimal health. Adding supplemental copper to nursery pig rations can improve daily gain and feed conversion ratios. ...
Eight Dimensions of Pig Feed Intake
Most articles on feed intake in wean-to-finish (W2F) analyze the effects of individual factors, such as water availability, feeder space, energy diet or stocking density on average daily gain (ADG) and feed conversion (FCR). However, it is important that...
Research: Validation of African Swine Fever Real-time PCR Kit
GLOBAL - African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV) is a notifiable, highly contagious disease that can cause significant economic losses. A new duplex real-time PCR kit that targets the p72 gene and an internal control has been developed and assessed for the diagnosis...
Preventing Weaning Diarrhoea using Salcochek Pro premix
The period following weaning is characterized by a high incidence of intestinal disturbances with diarrhoea and depression of growth performance in piglets, writes Srijit Tripathi, Veterinarian, India....
 
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