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How to Prevent Heat Stress in Indoor Pig Herds
If a pig is under heat stress and cannot cool itself sufficiently it will collapse and, in the worst scenario, die. This guide from AHDB Pork shows how to keep your indoor pigs at a comfortable temperature....
Common Causes of Poisoning in Pigs
Poisoning in pigs can often only be apparent once it becomes fatal, so it’s essential to know what symptoms to look for and how to minimise the risks. Melanie Jenkins reports for ThePigSite....
Improvement Porcine Parvovirus (PPV) ELISA Test Reliability
Porcine Parvovirus (PPV) vaccines have been widely used in the field to prevent PPV induced reproductive problems since the early 80’s with a high level of satisfaction. However, the pattern of seroconversion after vaccination is often lower and more...
Alternatives to Antibiotic Growth Promoters in Poultry and Pigs
The use of antibiotics in feed for growth promotion has long been restricted in the EU, but there has been a lot of research activity looking at possible alternative compounds. This article looks at the potential for feed additives such as organic acids,...
Field Testing a Filter for Disease Control on Pig Transport Trailers
Evaluation of a prototype air filtration system installed on a transport trailer showed that the use of selected microbial filters can effectively capture bioaerosols and prevent entry into the interior or the trailer, report Bernardo Predicala, Alvin...
Risk Factors for African Swine Fever on Nigerian Pig Farms
African swine fever (ASF) is one of the major setbacks to development of the pig industry in Nigeria. This study by Emmanuel Jolaoluwa Awosanya and colleagues aimed to improve understanding of the risk factors for ASF infection in Nigerian pig herds....
How to Prevent Heat Stress in Outdoor Pig Herds
Heat stress is caused when a pig's body temperature rises above certain limits, and is a particular problem for outdoor-reared pigs, so what can producers do to help their animals stay cool?...
Field Efficacy of PCV2 and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae Vaccine Combinations
The objective of this study was to investigate the efficacy of three combinations of vaccines against PCV2 and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M hyo) under field conditions, write S. Carceles, A. Callen, H. Smits, O. Merdy and F. Joise, Merial....
Risk Factors for PRRSV Infection and Resulting Challenges for Effective Disease Surveillance
Of 147 pig herds surveyed in the UK, 35.1 per cent tested positive for the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and a number of risk factors were revealed, along with the prevalence of other viruses....
New Advances in Co-products in Animal Feed
Wheat distillers dried grains with solubles (wDDGS) is a promising type of crop co-product which can be used in animal feed....
A Simple Guide to Finishing Pigs
Finishing pigs to the target specification requires tremendous attention to detail. Melanie Jenkins provides an overview of the different systems....
Comparative Efficacy of PCV2 Vaccines in Piglets
Several commercial PCV2 vaccines are available for piglet in Europe. The objective of the present study was to compare the efficacy of two PCV2 vaccines: CIRCOVAC® (Merial, France) and a subunit vaccine, writes A. Callen et al, Merial....
Lifetime and Reproductive Performance of Sows on Southern European Union Commercial Farms
Based on analysis of sow records, researchers have found that a large number of piglets born in the first litter is associated with high lifetime productivity....
Rates of Swine Flu Findings Higher in Younger Pigs
Influenza A viruses (IAVs) are distributed worldwide in birds, pigs and humans, and cause important endemic disease affecting hosts in all countries. This study from Andres Diaz and colleagues published in PLOS One aimed to find out more about the epidemiology...
Using Pigs to Root Out Nutsedge
Dr Bob Carling discusses how farmers can use pigs to control and prevent troublesome nutsedge plants which are becoming resistant to chemical treatments....
Evaluation of PCV2 Infection Dynamics of Different CIRCOVAC® Vaccination Programs in Piglets
Porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) is one of the most prevalent viruses that cause great economic losses in the worldwide pig industry. The widespread use of vaccines has reduced the presence of clinical outbreaks associated to this virus, writes S.Oliver-Ferrando...
PRRSV-induced Immunosuppression Exacerbates the Inflammatory Response to Porcine Respiratory Coronavirus in Pigs
This study aids understanding how infections with porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRS) and porcine respiratory coronavirus (PRCV) modulate immune responses and their correlation with a clinical picture in pigs....
Cambodian Case Study: Intergrated Pig and Fish Farming
With increasing an increasing demand for pork, pig farming in Cambodia is developing. Reporting for 5m Publishing, Stuart Lumb gives a run down of a farm near Phnom Phen in Cambodia which is farming both pigs and fish....
Preventing Summer Infertility in Your Pigs
Summer infertility in pigs can largely be attributed to heat stress but other factors tailor in, with awareness and management key to maximising production. Melanie Jenkins reports....
Positive Impact of Piglet PCV2 Vaccination on Fattening Pig Performance
PCV2 is not only involved in PMWS (Post Weaning Multi-systemic Syndrome) or PCVD-systemic disease (PCVD-SD) but also in a large array of pathological presentations including subclinical infections (PCVD-SI), write I. Corrégé, G. Perreul, B. Boivent,...
Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae Potentiation of PRRSV-Induced Pneumonia
Pigs inoculated with M. hyopneumoniae 21 days prior to inoculation with porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) developed more severe respiratory disease and interstitial pneumonia than others only infected with PRRSV....
Pig Nutrition: Forage Feeding with Alternative Protein
There is an urgent need to develop commercially viable feeding systems using organic rations that will meet the nutritional requirements of pigs and support animal health and welfare....
Simple Guide to Organic Pig Production
Organic pork is a growing market in many countries, providing premium prices to producers alongside excellent animal welfare and environmental benefits. This guide, by Melanie Jenkins, explains how to produce for the organic sector....
 
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