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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...
Carbon Dioxide System for on-farm Euthanasia of Pigs in Small Groups
A detailed description of an effective carbon dioxide application system and method are provided by researchers at North Carolina State University so farmers can construct the low-cost system....
Drivers for Animal Welfare Policies in Africa
A new study from Lesotho calls for improved understanding of animal welfare in African countries or there could be deleterious effects in future on economic growth as well as national and international trade....
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...
 
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