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No Easy Alternatives to Surgical Castration of Piglets
Four alternatives to surgical castration of piglets were outlined by scientists from Aarhus University. In the latest Annual Report from the Danish Centre for Agriculture and Food, DCA, they conclude that none of the four alternatives is easy to implement...
Challenges Associated with Reproductive Failure in Sows
It is critical to evaluate both infectious and management-related causes of reproductive failure in sows, Glen W. Almond of North Carolina State University told the 2014 London Swine Conference....
Digestible, Metabolisable and Net Energy in Diets Containing Wheat Bran Fed to Growing Pigs
The digestibility of energy, protein and fibre declined with increasing inclusion of wheat bran in the diets of pigs in an experiment at the Hans H. Stein Monogastric Nutrition Laboratory at the University of Illinois....
Risk Factors Associated with Persistence of Salmonella Shedding in Finishing Pigs
The duration of Salmonella shedding was found by Michigan State University to depend on pig, farm and cohort risk factors....
Development and Validation of Isolation and Diagnostic Testing Detection for PEDv
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed have developed an effective PCR test for the porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) virus....
High-nutrient Specification Diet in the Grower Phase Does Not Improve Performance of Low Birthweight Pigs
A higher-specification diet post-weaning did not improve the performance of low birthweight pigs in this UK study but previously restricted normal birthweight piglets were more efficient when fed the higher-spec feed....
Infection with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus
A new Technical Factsheet from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) describes the aetiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, prevention and control of porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED)....
What Should I Look for When Choosing Sows and Gilts That Will Be Kept Outdoors?
Desirable genetic traits for pastured hogs are very different than those for confinement operations, explains the US National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA)....
Short Term Outlook for EU Pig Meat Market 2014-2015
There are the first signs of a production increase after two years of reduced pig meat supply, according to the 'Short Term Outlook for EU arable crops, dairy and meat markets in 2014 and 2015' from the European Commission. ...
Feeding the Sow: Comparison of Gestational and Lactation Programmes
Paul H. Luimes of the University of Guelph described his work comparing two feeding programmes during pregnancy and three during lactation on sow health and productivity over three parities to the 2014 London Swine Conference. ...
Surveillance for PRRS Virus, PCV2 and Influenza A Viruses among Smallholder Swine Farms in Viet Nam
Virological and serological analyses confirm endemic co-circulation of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) and influenza A virus (IAV) within one province in south Viet Nam. The researchers there...
Risk Factors Associated with Leg Disorders of Gestating Sows in Group-housing Systems in France
Factors identified in a French study to raise the risk of lameness in sows were a concrete slatted floor, housing in large groups, dirty floors, a high ammonia concentration, severely restricted feeding and a high number of sows per stockman....
Feeding the Sow around Farrowing
A review of feeding practices for sows during the last few days of pregnancy and the first few days of lactation by Dale W. Rozeboom of Michigan State University presented at the 2014 London Swine Conference....
Danes Investigate How to Trap More Odour and Ammonia from Pig Farms
Researchers at Aarhus University are leading a project on the biological air purification of livestock housing combined with point extraction, with the aims to reduce odour problems from the pig houses for the benefit for the local environment and for...
Articular Osteochondrosis in Pigs and Its Effects on Genetic Screening
A Norwegian study has shown that computed tomography at 159 days of age is a powerful screening tool for osteochondrosis to six months of age. At least half of the defects detected later resolved without intervention....
Effects of Immunological Castration on Belly Characteristics and Bacon Slicing Yields of Finishing Pigs
Generally, fresh belly characteristics in immunologically castrated barrows were similar to those of surgically castrated males and gilts, an Ohio State University study has found, however, bacon slicing yield was lower from the former group. ...
Antimicrobial Susceptibility of Mycoplasma hyorhinis from Swine Lung Specimens in Korea
New South Korean research has provided information on the antibiotic susceptibility of M.hyorhinis in pigs as an aid to the treatment of infections....
International PRRS and PCVAD Symposium 2013
Proceedings of the 2013 International Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) Symposium and PCVAD (PCV2), held at the China National Conference Center in Beijing, China from 20 to 22 May 2013....
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...
 
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