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Quantifying the Prevalence of Lameness and Hoof Lesions in Canadian Nucleus Herds
A Canadian survey of genetic nucleus herds showed moderate levels of lameness and a high prevalence of hoof lesions, report Yolande Seddon and Jennifer Brown in the 2013-14 Annual Research Report from the Prairie Swine Centre in Canada. The authors comment...
Monitoring Farrowings and Farrowing Intentions in 'Hogs and Pigs' Report
More pigs and more pig meat look likely to appear on the US market in 2015 than last year, forecasts Lee Schulz in the current 'Iowa Farm Outlook'....
Unravelling the Complexities of Animal Welfare in Developed Markets
Welfare issues will not derail the positive outlook for pork industry, Dr Glynn Tonsor of Kansas State University told the 2015 Banff Pork Seminar in Canada. ...
New Research on Calcium Provision in Growing Pigs
Work at the University of Illinois funded by AB Vista aims to improve our understanding about the digestibility of calcium in growing pigs....
Variation Immune Response and Viraemia in Experimental Challenges with Porcine Circovirus
Researchers at the University of Nebraska showed that the growth rate of pigs infected with porcine circovirus 2 (PCV2) was more closely but inversely related to the replication rate of the virus than to antibody levels....
Comparison of Impact of Behaviours Performed by Entire Male and Female Pigs Prior to Slaughter on Skin Lesions
A new study from Ireland shows that entire males were more aggressive and performed more mounts than female pigs and that, as a result, the boars had more skin lesions. It was found that carcass lesion score is a sensitive indicator of aggressiveness...
Efficient Energy Use in Pig Feed Production
Scottish pig production operates in a very tight commercial environment....
Swine Enteric Coronavirus: Worldwide Threat to Global Pig Sector?
As winter returns to the northern hemisphere, so too does the threat of Swine Enteric Coronavirus Diseases (SECD). What is the current status of the disease around the world and have control measures been effective?...
Effect of Particle Size in Calcium Carbonate on Digestibility and Retention of Calcium by Growing Pigs
Particle size does not affect calcium retention or digestibility in growing pigs, according to researchers at the Hans H. Stein Monogastric Nutrition Laboratory....
Oxford Real Farming Conference 2015 Offered Alternative Solutions
Now in its sixth year, the Oxford Real Farming Conference has become a fixture of the UK's agricultural calendar, reports Sarah Hulbert....
Maintaining Growth in Pigs Weaned from Large Litters
A review of some research into optimising diets for weaned pigs from large litters by Peadar Lawlor and colleagues at Teagasc. The inclusion of milk by-products appears to be beneficial but cereals need not be cooked, they told the 2014 Teagasc Pig Farmers...
Skip-a-Heat
Could skip-a-heat benefit the productivity in your sows or gilts? BPEX offers advice in No.15 in its Work Instructions series....
Versatile Aquatic Plant Provides Fuel for People and Food for Pigs
A new study indicates that duckweed has potential as a good protein source for pig diets, according to researchers at the University of Illinois....
Emerging Threats Quarterly Report – Pig Diseases – July-September 2014
Among the health issues featured in this quarterly report from the Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) are elevated mortality in Klebsiella septicaemia outbreaks, a changing pattern in the occurrence of PRRS and the continuing threat...
Humanising Gilts and Young Boars
In No.14 of its 'Work Instruction' series, BPEX explains how to get young gilts and boars destined for the breeding herd accustomed to people and thus make them easier to handle....
Amino Acid Digestibility in Rice Co-products Fed to Growing Pigs
A University of Illinois study has established the digestibility of the crude protein and amino acids in broken rice, two sources of full fat rice bran and defatted rice bran for growing pigs....
BPEX Work Instruction Series
Helpful series of guides to carrying out pig husbandry tasks correctly and safely from BPEX....
Delivery of a Veterinary Surveillance Strategy for the Irish Pig Sector
Veterinary surveillance is vital for the Irish pig sector - as for other countries - John Moriarty, the Head of Pathology at the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory for Ireland's agriculture department, (DAFM, told the 2014 Teagasc Pig Farmers' Conference....
How to Feed Nine Billion People Sustainably
Becoming self-sufficient in food production – what better way is there for countries to sustainably feed their growing populations? But, scratch the surface of this potential solution, and it does not really stack up, according to Dr Peter Barnard,...
Swine Ectoparasite Control
Information to help pig producers identify and control lice and mange from Dr Jerome Goddard (Extension Professor of Medical/Veterinary Entomology) and Dr Kristine T. Edwards (Assistant Research Professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and...
Benefits of Net Energy Utilisation for Pig Diet Formulation
At the 2014 Teagasc Pig Farmers' Conference, Edgar Garcia Manzanilla of Teagasc explained the different systems for expressing the energy content of feeds and feed ingredients for pigs and the advantages of using Net Energy for feed formulation....
Can Group-Housed Sows be Raised at Lower Temperatures to Reduce Barn Heating Costs?
Operant mechanisms allow sows housed in group systems to control their own environmental temperatures, allowing for lower barn temperatures, according to B. Predicala, A. Alvarado, D. Beaulieu and J. Brown of the Prairie Swine Centre (PSC) in Canada in...
Handling Gilts
Tips on handling young gilts without stress from BPEX in the 'Work Instruction' series, no.13....
 
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