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A Longitudinal Survey of African Swine Fever in Uganda
There was a high incidence of African swine fever in an important pig-producing area of Uganda but researchers did not detect persistent virus infections in blood or serum....
Effects of Space Allocation and Parity on Group-housed Gestating Sows
At the stocking densities used in this Australian study, stocking density, parity and space allocation had minimal effects on commonly-used welfare measures although the older sows had larger litters when the had more space....
Uganda Pig Feed Trials Show Benefits of Local Feed Solutions
Report on an investigation by the CGIAR Livestock and Fish research program aimed at improving pig feeding on Ugandan smallholdings by Brian Kawuma for the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)....
Ensuring Proper Water Supply on Your Pig Farm
Having a constant supply of water is a necessity for pig farming and in many countries it is a legal requirement. This guide from BPEX 2TS explains how to set up drinkers on your farm, how much water should be available to pigs and the quality of the...
New Technology Aids Feral Pig Research
Feral pigs are a threat to Australia's natural environment, but in this article from Science Network Western Australia, Dr Peter Adams from Murdoch University explains how he uses GPS tags and thermal imaging technology to crack down on the pests....
Contemporary Market Weights
Ronald O. Bates of Michigan State University and Thomas Guthrie of Michigan State University Extension demonstrate that marketing decisions should be based on lean growth potential, marginal feed efficiency through heavier weights, the packer grid in...
Feeding of Fermented DDGS in a Liquid Feed System to Weanling Pigs
The success of feeding fermented distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to weaned pigs in the nursery phase depended on the addition of enzymes and microbial inoculants as well as the pigs' initial feed intake in this University of Guelph experiment....
Persistence of PRRSV and PCV2 in Bacterial Biofilms
This pilot project from Canada indicates that porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) can survive for several days in bacterial biofilms....
Individual Variation in Eating Speed of Dry Sows
Ever wondered how fast sows eat? This study from Norway and Australia reveals quite wide variation in speed for both wet and dry feed, and also the role of body size in feed consumption rate....
Impact of Dietary Organic Acids and Botanicals on Intestinal Integrity and Inflammation in Weaned Pigs
Feeding a microencapsulated mixture of organic acids and plant botanicals increased the rate of development of intestine of young piglets and also their growth rate, this study from Italy reveals....
Demonstrating Farrowing Alternatives for Small Farms: Insulated Tents for Sows and Pigs
Researchers at Illinois State University and Iowa State University report their experience of using a modified yurt (tent) for crate-free farrowing....
Pain Control in Pigs
An overview of recent pain control research in pigs at the University of Guelph, presented by Dr Robert Friendship at the 2015 Centralia Swine Research Update....
Interaction Between Pig Density and Dietary Energy on Performance and Returns
There were no interactions between dietary energy concentration and the stocking density of pigs from 75 to 118kg. That is one of the main conclusions of this work by G. Rozeboom, D.A. Gillis, M. Young and A.D. Beaulieu reported in the Prairie Swine Research...
The Indigenous Portuguese BĂ­saro Pig
Despite being one of the most emblematic Portuguese indigenous breeds, the Bisaro pig is very little known in Portugal....
Immune Response of Piglets on a PRRSV Vaccination
This work sheds light on the development of the immune system in piglets following vaccination against Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus (PRRSV). Three feed additives had no effects on the pigs immune responses....
Nutrient Value of Spray Field Forages Fed to Pigs and Use of Feed Enzymes to Enhance Nutrient Digestibility
Bermuda grass, forage sorghum and sweet sorghum can partly be utilised in pig feed to provide energy, according to new research from North Carolina State University, although nitrogen digestion was low. ...
Susceptibility of 45 Recent French Field Isolates of Streptoccocus suis to Florfenicol
Under the conditions of this French study, Streptococcus suis isolates collected from piglets in western France between 2011 and 2014 were sensitive to florfenicol....
Effects of Water Availability and Space Allowance on Productivity and Profitability
Increasing the number of pigs per pen and consequently reducing available floor space reduced daily gain and feed intake in grower-finisher pigs in this experiment in the Prairie Swine Centre Annual Report 2013-14 reported by J. Landero, A.D. Beaulieu...
Challenges of Designing a Diet Using Local Feedstuffs for Ugandan Subsistence Farmers
An overview of a project to develop practical diets for pigs in Uganda based on local feed ingredients was given by Natalie Carter of the University of Guelph to the Centralia Swine Research Update 2015....
Effect of Sal CURB on Digestibility of Energy, Amino Acids, Calcium and Phosphorus in Growing Pigs
The inclusion of a formaldehyde-based feed disinfectant did not diminish the nutritional value of the diets in this study at the Hans H. Stein Monogastric Nutrition Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana....
Perceptions of Antimicrobial Usage, Antimicrobial Resistance and Measures to Reduce Antimicrobial Usage by European Pig Farmers
In a survey in five European countries, many pig farmers expressed the view that they use less antibiotics than other farmers in the same country and those in other counties. In general, they were less concerned about the development of antimicrobial...
Course of Rectal and Vaginal Temperature in Early Postpartum Sows
Body temperature should not be used as the single criterion for the decision to administer medical treatment, according to researchers based in Berlin, Germany....
Effects of Drought-affected Corn and Non-starch Polysaccharide Enzyme Inclusion on Nursery Pig Growth Performance
An experiment at Kansas State University suggests that drought stress does not alter the non-starch polysaccharide (NSP) concentration of maize (corn). The use of NSP feed enzymes did not greatly affect the performance of weaned pigs although there was...
 
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