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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....
Research: Complete Workflow Solution for SIV Testing
GLOBAL - Swine influenza virus (SIV) is a highly contagious viral infection of pigs, resulting in significant economic losses in the swine industry and posing a significant threat to human health through zoonotic transmission. This study indicates that...
Water Line Maintenance Important for Pig Production, Health
Providing a clean water source every day is essential to ensuring your herd’s health and best economic performance, writes Ontario Pork. ...
Research Ties Sow Vitamin D Intake to Progeny Performance
Pork producers who want to get the most out of every ingredient in a sow diet can look to new research showing the value of supplementing vitamins at optimal levels. ...
Comparing Methods for Preventing PED Virus in Feed
Infection with porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) causes diarrhea, vomiting, and high mortality in suckling pigs. Contaminated feed has been suggested as a vehicle of transmission for PEDV. The objective of this study was to compare thermal and electron...
Enable Right Result First Time by Adding VetMAX Xeno IPC to qPCR Workflows
Recommended in the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostics (AAVLD) guidelines, VetMAX Xeno IPC offers veterinary labs rapid, reliable, and easy-to-use solutions for qualifying the effectiveness and accuracy of their qPCR workflows. ...
Extensive Farming and the Future of Food Production
Farmers worldwide are facing new environmental challenges. According to Dr Juan Villalba, Associate Professor in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University and editor of ‘Animal Welfare in Extensive Production Systems’, skills learned...
Weaning Pigs Agree: “Change is Hard”
How would you feel if one day someone took away your favorite beverage and replaced it with something they said was good for you? Would you squeal in frustration? Would you refuse to work? Would you sulk?...
Three Ways to Get the Most Out of Creep Feeding Pigs
Nursery management sets the pace for pigs’ lifetime performance, so minimizing production lags is crucial during this phase. Creep feeding is one practice you can use to optimize performance during the weaning period....
Effects of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea in Latin America
The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus outbreak in the US in 2013-2014 is widely known. However, at that same time, the Mexican and Colombian swine industries dealt with their own crippling PEDv outbreaks. A series of poster presentations dealt with this...
Is the United States Ready for New Rules on Antibiotics?
Antimicrobial use on farms is about to change for animals across the US, writes Rachel Lane....
 
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