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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. ...
Pig Farming, Javanese-style
Stuart Lumb reports on his recent visit to pig farms in Indonesia, where there are more pigs than in Belgium or the UK, despite it being a predominanty Muslim country....
Improving Finishing Herd Performance
Changes made to a finishing unit in Essex helped beat disease and boost herd performance, according to Farm Case Study 36 from BPEX....
Converting to Group Sow Housing: Decisions to Consider
At the 2014 London Swine Conference, Ronald O. Bates of Michigan State University explained the decisions swine producers must make if they plan to transition to group sow housing....
Feeding Value and Energy Prediction of DDGS with Variable Oil Content
University of Minnesota researchers, Fangzhou Wu, Pedro Urriola and Gerald Shurson, together with Lee Johnston and Adrienne Hilbrands of the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris outline their recent work evaluating the effects of feeding...
Deep Pit Flash Fires and Explosions: Sources, Factors and Management
Robert Burns of Iowa State University has carried out a literature review on the sources, occurrence, factors and management of flash fires and explosions at swine farms with deep manure pits for Pork Checkoff....
High Specification Starter Diets Improve the Performance of Low Birthweight Pigs
Providing a high-quality diet to the lightweight piglets at weaning (28 days) allowed them to catch up with their peers by 10 weeks of age, report researchers from the UK. ...
Making the Most of the Suckling Period
Know why you do what you do and do it well, Dale W. Rozeboom of Michigan State University told the 2014 London Swine Conference....
Better Welfare for Danish Pigs, Naturally
In March 2014, Denmark's Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries entered into an agreement with the agricultural industry and other stakeholders on improving pig welfare. A report in the Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture (DCA) Annual Report explains...
Life Cycle Analysis of Water Use in US Pork Production
A study at the University of Arkansas reveals that two-thirds of the water used in pig production in the US is linked to the production of crops for feed....
Presence of Six Potentially Pathogenic Viruses in Pigs Suffering from PMWS
This Slovakian study examined the role of multiple virus infections in young pigs of different ages with post-weaning multisystemic wasting syndrome (PMWS). They found that the presence of PRRSV exacerbated the symptoms of PMWS and that a PCV2 vaccination...
 
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