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Shunt Fostering on a Three-Week Batch System Outdoors
The aim of shunt, cascade or two-stage fostering is to provide extra suckling capacity when born alive is higher than the number of functioning teats in that batch, according to BPEX in no.10 in its Work Instruction series. ...
Managing Pile-ups
Sylven Blouin explained to the 2014 London Swine Conference how Agri-Marché manages piglet flows as sows become more prolific....
Strategies to Improve Sow Productive Lifetime
Changes in vulva development during days 95 to 115 of age, presumably driven by oestrogen production from tertiary follicles, may be a useful tool to identify which gilts to keep for breeding, according to this report for Pork Checkoff....
Post-harvest Grazing of Hogs in Organic Fruit Orchards for Weed, Fruit and Insect Pest Management
Where pigs were allowed to graze under apple, cherry and pear trees, there was significantly less insect damage to the fruit the following season, US-based researchers have reported....
Survey of Current Swiss Pig Feeding Practices and Potential for Ammonia Emission Reduction
A survey in Switzerland reveals that ammonia emissions from pig production could be reduced at low cost, in particular, by lowering crude protein levels in feeds for finishers and dry sows....
African Swine Fever: Growing Concern Across Europe
Concern is rising in Europe over the continuing increase in the number of cases of African swine fever (ASF) that are being reported in the north-eastern EU states....
International Trade: Barriers and Opportunities for Canada's Pork Sector
Two-thirds of Canada’s pork products are exported, making export markets vital to the health and continued growth of Canada’s hog industry, trade consultant, Kathleen Sullivan, from Ottawa told the 2014 London Swine Conference in March 2014....
How Do the Danes Rear 35 Piglets Per Sow and Year?
One Danish pig farmer shared the secrets of his success in rearing more than 35 piglets per sow and year, saying it’s all about teamwork, attention to detail and the desire to be number 1. Jackie Linden reports....
Measuring Manure Depth in the PED Era
The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus stays viable in stored manure for extended periods of time. In barns that have experienced a PED outbreak, producers should avoid bringing stored manure back up to the surface where it could infect PED-susceptible...
Ambient Air Quality Regulations That Impact Swine Operations
Current air quality regulations, why they were implemented, what swine operations are affected and how to comply are explained by Erin Cortus of South Dakota State University and Richard Stowell of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in a Factsheet for...
Normal and Abnormal Behaviours of Swine under Production Conditions
Yuzhi Li of the University of Minnesota explains the sensory capacities of pigs, describes their normal behavioural patterns and shares understanding of abnormal behaviour and its possible causes in a factsheet for Pork Information Gateway....
Retrofitting for Group Housing of Sows
This paper, presented at the 2014 London Swine Conference by Sylven Blouin of Agri-Marché in St-Isidore in the Province of Quebec, describes the conversion of two farrow-to-finish units to group housing....
Day-to-Day Management of Group Housed Gestating Sows
With group housing systems, stockpeople need to evaluate sows carefully and be prepared to remedy any problems quickly, according to Beth Ferry (Extension Educator in Cassopolis, Michigan) and Ronald O. Bates (State Swine Specialist, Michigan State University)...
Evaluating Low-fat DDGS for Use in Swine Diets
Swine nutritionists using low-fat distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) may have to formulate diets based on lower values for amino acid digestibility than conventional DDGS....
Effects of Free-range and Confined Housing on Joint Health of Fattening Pigs
A new Swedish study reveals that the leg/joint problem, osteochondrosis, is more prevalent and severe in free-range fattening pigs than in those that were housed....
Effects of Antimicrobial Peptides in Diets for Nursery Pigs
In a Chinese study carried out on five commercial farms, weaning piglets receiving a diet supplemented with antimicrobial peptides had less diarrhoea and a higher survival rate than those on a similar diet without the supplement. ...
Impact of Ceftiofur on the Dissemination of Resistant Enteric Bacteria in Finishing Swine
Ceftiofur-based products are widely used in finishing pigs in the US and E.coli bacteria are found widely in manure but not with resistance genes, according to Dr Thomas Wittum of Ohio State University, leading him to conclude that antibiotic use alone...
High Fibre Swine Diets
Feeding alternative feedstuffs may reduce feed costs per unit of pork produced but also provides challenges to achieve cost-effective, predictable growth performance, animal health, environmental footprint, carcass characteristics and pork quality, Ruurd...
Predicting Leg Soundness through Biomechanical Assessment of Gait in Pigs
Research findings from a BPEX-funded PhD project carried out at Newcastle University investigating the potential of biomechanical techniques to predict leg soundness in pigs since lameness is a major cause of lost productivity for the pig industry, published...
Qualitative Study to Identify Potential Biosecurity Risks Associated with Pig Feed Delivery
Everyone in the feed company and on the farm has a role to play in reducing the potential risk of transmitting diseases, according to research from the University of Guelph, and it should be everyone's concern....
Energy Digestibility in 23 Sources of DDGS Fed to Pigs
Work at the Hans H. Stein Monogastric Nutrition Lab at the University of Illinois reveals that the energy concentration in distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) is significantly affected by processing and that most of the variation is related to...
Reliability of Pig Herd Data Collected during Telephone Interviews to Evaluate PCV2 Piglet Vaccination
Telephone surveys using standardised questions may be an efficient way to investigate safety and efficacy aspects of vaccines, according to a new study from the University of Hanover and Boehringer Ingelheim. ...
Teagasc Pig Farmers’ Conference 2014
Proceedings of the Pig Farmers' Conference 2014, held at the Horse & Jockey and Cavan Crystal hotels in Ireland on 21 and 22 October. ...
 
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