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Risk Factors for PRRSV Infection and Resulting Challenges for Effective Disease Surveillance
Of 147 pig herds surveyed in the UK, 35.1 per cent tested positive for the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and a number of risk factors were revealed, along with the prevalence of other viruses....
New Advances in Co-products in Animal Feed
Wheat distillers dried grains with solubles (wDDGS) is a promising type of crop co-product which can be used in animal feed....
A Simple Guide to Finishing Pigs
Finishing pigs to the target specification requires tremendous attention to detail. Melanie Jenkins provides an overview of the different systems....
Comparative Efficacy of PCV2 Vaccines in Piglets
Several commercial PCV2 vaccines are available for piglet in Europe. The objective of the present study was to compare the efficacy of two PCV2 vaccines: CIRCOVAC® (Merial, France) and a subunit vaccine, writes A. Callen et al, Merial....
Lifetime and Reproductive Performance of Sows on Southern European Union Commercial Farms
Based on analysis of sow records, researchers have found that a large number of piglets born in the first litter is associated with high lifetime productivity....
Rates of Swine Flu Findings Higher in Younger Pigs
Influenza A viruses (IAVs) are distributed worldwide in birds, pigs and humans, and cause important endemic disease affecting hosts in all countries. This study from Andres Diaz and colleagues published in PLOS One aimed to find out more about the epidemiology...
Using Pigs to Root Out Nutsedge
Dr Bob Carling discusses how farmers can use pigs to control and prevent troublesome nutsedge plants which are becoming resistant to chemical treatments....
Evaluation of PCV2 Infection Dynamics of Different CIRCOVAC® Vaccination Programs in Piglets
Porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) is one of the most prevalent viruses that cause great economic losses in the worldwide pig industry. The widespread use of vaccines has reduced the presence of clinical outbreaks associated to this virus, writes S.Oliver-Ferrando...
PRRSV-induced Immunosuppression Exacerbates the Inflammatory Response to Porcine Respiratory Coronavirus in Pigs
This study aids understanding how infections with porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRS) and porcine respiratory coronavirus (PRCV) modulate immune responses and their correlation with a clinical picture in pigs....
Cambodian Case Study: Intergrated Pig and Fish Farming
With increasing an increasing demand for pork, pig farming in Cambodia is developing. Reporting for 5m Publishing, Stuart Lumb gives a run down of a farm near Phnom Phen in Cambodia which is farming both pigs and fish....
Preventing Summer Infertility in Your Pigs
Summer infertility in pigs can largely be attributed to heat stress but other factors tailor in, with awareness and management key to maximising production. Melanie Jenkins reports....
Positive Impact of Piglet PCV2 Vaccination on Fattening Pig Performance
PCV2 is not only involved in PMWS (Post Weaning Multi-systemic Syndrome) or PCVD-systemic disease (PCVD-SD) but also in a large array of pathological presentations including subclinical infections (PCVD-SI), write I. Corrégé, G. Perreul, B. Boivent,...
Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae Potentiation of PRRSV-Induced Pneumonia
Pigs inoculated with M. hyopneumoniae 21 days prior to inoculation with porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) developed more severe respiratory disease and interstitial pneumonia than others only infected with PRRSV....
Pig Nutrition: Forage Feeding with Alternative Protein
There is an urgent need to develop commercially viable feeding systems using organic rations that will meet the nutritional requirements of pigs and support animal health and welfare....
Simple Guide to Organic Pig Production
Organic pork is a growing market in many countries, providing premium prices to producers alongside excellent animal welfare and environmental benefits. This guide, by Melanie Jenkins, explains how to produce for the organic sector....
Efficacy of PCV2 Vaccination with CIRCOVAC® Under Swiss Field Conditions
The objective of this randomized controlled trial was to compare the production parameters during the castration-to-slaughter period in piglets vaccinated against PCV2 with CIRCOVAC or not-vaccinated, under Swiss field conditions, write S. Dalessi, A....
Effects of Group Housing on Sow Welfare: A Review
This new review by researchers in Australian and Denmark reveals that competition for feed is at the root of much aggressive behaviour in sows and that famliarity between sows and genetic selection can help. The paper highlights a number of areas where...
Predicting Phosphorus Utilisation Efficiency as Part of a Strategic Feeding Programme
This factsheet presents research findings from a BPEX-funded PhD project carried out at Newcastle University and is published as number 25 in the 'Research into Action' series. The project investigated the ability to estimate the phosphorus (P) requirements...
Reduction of Mortality and Antibiotic Use by Piglet Vaccination Against PCV2
PCV2 infections are widespread and therefore vaccination is regularly implemented to control infection. However, under field conditions, the infection status at the moment of vaccination may be variable and is generally unknown, write V. Gardeyn, K. Van...
Effect of PRRSV Infection on the Clearance of Haemophilus parasuis by Porcine Alveolar Macrophages
Pigs infected with porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv) showed a marked reduction in the functional ability of their alveolar macrophages to kill Haemophilus parasuis and produce superoxide anion....
Moving Towards Non-Castration: What are the Alternatives?
As Europe moves towards an outright ban on castration in 2018, researchers are working hard to find alternatives. One alternative is immunocastration, a non-hormone vaccination widely used in Brazil, Belgium and Australia. Another is the production of...
Impact of Piglet Birthweight on Profitability
People who have raised pigs have long realized that the birth weight of a piglet is associated with it potential to make a profit for the pig farmer. I will refer to this as the ‘Route to Profit’, writes Dr John Mabry, Professor of Genetics, Iowa...
Alternative Farrowing Options in the Swine Industry
Over the past decade there has been increased awareness from the public on animal welfare issues related to sow farrowing and lactation, and this factsheet from Monique Pairis-Garcia at Ohio State University described some alternative options to the...
 
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