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Increasing Creep Feed Intake by Stimulating Exploratory Behaviour Using Enrichment
Providing pigs with a large feeder so they could eat together appeared to attract the pigs more than rope as an enrichment toy in this experiment at the Prairie Swine Centre. Authors Yolande Seddon and Jennifer Brown noted in the Centre's annual report...
Factors Associated with the Use of Antimicrobials for Treatment of Swine Dysentery in the Grower-Finisher Phase of Production
This work reported to the Centralia Swine Research Updated 2015 by Krysia Walczak of the University of Guelph reveals that the disease did not show sustained within-herd transmission....
Tail Lesions on Carcasses of Irish Slaughter Pigs
Chronic tail biting appears to be a more common behaviour among Irish pigs than previously thought, according to Nienke van Staaveren and Laura Boyle in a recent newsletter from Teagasc....
Fatal Disease Associated with Swine Hepatitis E Virus and PCV2 Co-infection in Four Weaned Pigs in China
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) and porcine circovirus 2 (PCV2) are prevalent in China but this is the first time that a co-infection has been recorded. Observing severe pathological changes post-mortem, the researchers warn the virus combination could adversely...
Characterisation of Histopathologic Lesions among Pigs with Overgrown Claws
From this study from the US, it appears that claw overgrowth in sows is not related to inflammation of or changes to the laminae, unlike in other species....
Effects of Feeding High-protein or Conventional Canola Meal on Growth, Carcass Characteristics and Cutability of Pigs
Based on their results for pig performance and carcass quality, researchers at the University of Illinois-Urbana concluded that conventional or high-protein canola meal could fully replace soybean meal as protein supplements in grower and finisher diets....
Managing Large Litters
Tips on management interventions to increase the survival of piglets from large litters are explained by Kathryn Reid in the latest Teagasc Advisory Newsletter....
Environmental Enrichment for Growing Swine
Delegates to the Centralia Swine Research Update 2015 heard the results of an experiment with Ontario farmers on the practical use of two types of toy that attracted plenty of interest from nursery and growing pigs....
Dietary Omega-6 to Omega-3 Fatty Acid Ratios Affect Protein Deposition in Nursery Pigs
Overall, reducing the omega-6:omega-3 fatty acid ratio improves the efficiency with which piglets can utilise nutrients for growth, according to new research reported in the annual report of the Prairie Swine Centre 2013-14....
Evaluation of Time and Temperature Sufficient to Inactivate PED Virus in Swine Faeces on Metal Surfaces
In a new study at Iowa State University, heating scraped, unwashed aluminium trays to 71°C for 10 minutes or allowing them to sit for seven days at room temperature may be sufficient to prevent transmission of the porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) virus...
Effect of Feeding a Diet Formulated for Developing Gilts Between 70kg and 140kg on Lameness Indicators and Carcass Traits
Feeding replacement gilts a specially formulated developer diet improved their walking ability, reduced humeral condyle joint lesions and improved toe evenness in this experiment compared with those fed either a finisher or standard diet feed for pregnant...
Effects of Pelleting Conditioner Retention Time on Nursery Pig Growth Performance
Diet form had a greater effect on feed conversion than conditioner retention time, according to this new study from Kansas State University....
Chinese Danbred Unit Exceeds 30 Pigs Weaned Per Sow Per Year
At the Danbred International Seminar at VIV Asia 2015, Jørgen Lindberg of Danbred explained how more than 30 pigs per sow and year are achieved at their farm in China using a successful combination of Danish and Chinese appreoaches to pig management....
An Investigation of Iron Deficiency and Anaemia in Piglets
Delegates at the Centralia Swine Research Update 2015 heard from A. Kubik from the Univeristy of Guelph that today's large and fast-growing pigs are often iron-deficient and possibly anaemic at weaning and this could be adversely impacting post-weaning...
Dietary Omega-6 to Omega-3 Ratio Impacts Nursery Pigs
Altering the omega-6 (n-6) to omega-3 (n-3) ratio, not the absolute intake amount, improved nursery pig performance and protein deposition in two experiments at the Prairie Swine Research Centre, reported in its Annual Research Report 2013-14....
Role of Dietary Fibre in Diets for Growing and Finishing Pigs
A review of current research by the University of Minnesota Swine Nutrition Group on the impact of dietary fibre in diets for growing and finishing pigs by the University's Pedro Urriola, Zhimin Huang and Gerald Shurson....
Inactivated Vaccine Made from a US Field Isolate of PED Virus is Immunogenic in Pigs
The results of this US study demonstrate the immunogenicity of the porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV) inactivated viral vaccines with a US strain....
Effect of Short or Standard Periods of Oestrus Suppression on Oestrus Synchronisation and Fertility in Gilts
A shorter-than-normal period (for 10 to 12 days) of progestagen-induced oestrus suppression followed by exogenous prostaglandin-induced luteolysis resulted in fertility comparable to that of gilts suppressed for the more usual 14 or 18 days, according...
Effect of Feeding Ractopamine Hydrochloride on Growth Performance and Responses to Handling and Transport in Heavy Pigs
This experiment from the US confirms that ractopamine improves the performance of pigs and that aggressive handling can have negative effects on their physical, metabolic and physiological responses. The highest dose rate led to a higher incidence of...
10 Surprising Facts About Pigs
The humble pig is far from 'boaring' - here at ThePigSite, we’ve compiled a list of ten things you may not know about these remarkable animals. ...
Swine Influenza: Unexpected Pattern of Infection in a Nursery
Swine influenza hit the nursery unit studied by University of Guelph researchers in a series of waves, Juliana Bonin Ferreira reported to the Centralia Swine Research Update 2015....
Impact of Various Parity Groupings on Welfare and Productivity in ESF Housing
In a large herd with group housing and electronic sow feeding (ESF), there were significant benefits when younger sows (parities 1 and 2) were housed separately rather than mixing them with older sows, according to a report by Y.M. Seddon, F.C. Rioja-Lang...
Carcass Quality and Uniformity of Heavy Pigs Fed Diets with Reductions in Crude Protein and Amino Acids
Research from Italy on the dietary protein supply for heavy finishers reveals that lowering the protein content does not impair carcass quality....
 
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