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Success with Group Housing for Sows
At the 2014 London Swine Conference, Jennifer Brown of the Prairie Swine Centre and Laurie Connor of the University of Manitoba explained the differences in sow management between group and stall housing, and how to prepare for and make the most out of...
Emerging Threats Quarterly Report – Pig Diseases - April-June 2014
Among the health issues featured in this quarterly report from the Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) are vitamin D toxicity in sows, a rare birth deformity in piglets and an increase in the rate of E. coli diagnosis, as well as an update...
Effects of Pellet Diameter during and after Lactation on Feed Intake of Piglets
A new Dutch study revels that young piglets prefer pellets 10 or 12mm in diameter to the smaller pellets commonly used in commercial practice....
Single Dose of Commercial Anti-gonadotropin Releasing Factor Vaccine Has No Effect on Young Boars
New research concluded that a single does of anti-GnRF vaccine given to 16-week-old boars has no effect on testicular development, sexual behaviour or sperm characteristics. ...
Pig Meat Sector in Australia
Australian pig meat production increased for a fifth consecutive year in 2013-14, rising by one per cent and a similar growth rate is forecast for the coming year, according to Robert Leith in the ABARES Agricultural Commodities report for the September...
Ample Feeder Space Benefits Slow-growing Pigs in Nursery Phase
Pork producers should consider increasing the feeder space allowance to achieve adequate feed intake by pigs, which can reduce the number of light-weight pigs at market time, according to University of Minnesota researchers, Yijie He, Jerry Shurson, John...
Lessons Learned from PEDv
Doug MacDougald of the South West Ontario Veterinary Services/Ontario Swine Health Advisory Board presented an update on porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV) in Canada to the 2014 London Swine Conference in March 2014....
Alternative Curing
Traditional versus 'natural' curing, regulations, manufacturing of 'alternative' cured meat products and current research in naturally-cured meat products are outlined by Dr Amanda Gipe McKeith of Western Kentucky University in a Pig Information Gateway...
Effect of Gestation Management System on Gilt and Piglet Performance
A Spanish study reveals some differences in the body condition, behaviour and stress hormone level of gilts kept in stalls and group housing systems during pregnancy as well as i the performance of their piglets to weaning. ...
Testing Soybean Peroxidase for Swine Manure Treatment
Research at Iowa State University shows that the addition of soybean peroxidase to pig manure can reduce its environmental impacts in terms both of odours and harmful gases....
PED Case Study from Ontario
A case study of one of the first Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) outbreaks in Ontario, Canada, in January 2014, published by Ontario Pork. Strong communications and a multi-faceted support system are identified as crucial for success in mitigating the...
Parasite Control in Youth Market Hog Projects
Advice on the control of external and internal parasites aimed at show pigs from Dr Susan Kerr, DVM, Livestock and Dairy Extension Specialist with Washington State University for Pork Information Gateway....
Lactation Success
A review of recent research on mammary gland development in the sow and gilt was presented by Chantal Farmer of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Dairy and Swine R&D Centre at the London Swine Conference 2014....
Distiller’s Dried Grains with Solubles, Housing and Breeding Herd Performance
In 'MSU Pork Quarterly', Dale Rozeboom (Extension Specialist at Michigan State University) and Thomas Guthrie (Extension Educator of Jackson, Michigan) review a recent experiment at the University of Minnesota, which found that long-term feeding of distillers...
Production Region Model Evaluation to Determine Risk of PRRSV and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae Spread between Farms
Air filtration has been shown as an effective method to reduce the risk of the airborne spread of the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M.hyo), reports Scott Dee of the University of Minnesota in...
Group Sow Housing: the Facts
Housing pregnant sows in groups is not a new concept. Many North American pork producers do not favour to replace gestation stalls but this is the way of the future, according to Laurie Connor of the University of Manitoba at the London Swine Conference...
Effects of Microbial Phytase on Digestibility of Calcium in Calcium Supplements Fed to Growing Pigs
Both measures of calcium digestibility were higher for mono- and dicalcium phosphate than for calcium carbonate or products derived from seaweed or sugar beet, according to research at the Hans H. Stein Monogastric Nutrition Laboratory at the University...
Timing the Purchase of Your Project Pig
Tom Guthrie, Statewide Extension Educator with Michigan State University, explains how to boost your chances of winning with your show pig by optimising its growth rate up to the competition....
Comparison of Four Lung Scoring Systems for Assessment of the Outcomes Derived from Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae Infections
New research from Spain reveals that slaughterhouse pleurisy evaluation, consolidation lung lesion score and image analyses are satisfactory lung scoring methods for experimental Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae infections....
Prevalence and Financial Implications of Welfare Lesions in Irish Slaughter Pigs
More than 40 per cent of the profit margin per pig could be attributable to tail biting in this study from Ireland....
Canadian Swine Industry is Positioned for Success
Speaking at this year's London Swine Conference in March, Kevin Grier of the George Morris Centre in Guelph said that Canadian hog producers can look to the future with a sense of promise....
Analysis of Salmonella Pre-harvest Control Strategies
A panel was concluded it is unlikely that any Salmonella control intervention assessed could be recommended to swine producers as any benefit is likely to be outweighed by the cost, according to Annette O’Connor of Iowa State University in a report...
Risk Factors and Epidemiological Characteristics of New Neonatal Porcine Diarrhoea Syndrome
New research from Denmark reveals that the incidence of New Neonatal Porcine Diarrhoea Syndrome (NNPDS) in young piglets varies between herds and that it was higher in litters from first-parity females than from older sows....
 
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