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Coping with compassion fatigue in the swine industry
Those who work with livestock regularly have to perform pain-inducing procedures on their animals and make end-of-life decisions, but what are the impacts of this on their mental health?...
Can acid supplements replace copper in pig diets?
With the long-awaited changes to the copper levels allowed in animal feeds now officially in effect, finding alternatives to copper is higher on the industry agenda than ever before...
Comparative dynamics of the humoral immune response elicited by three inactivated vaccines against swine erysipelas and porcine parvovirus: Part 1
The protective role of specific antibodies against Swine Erysipelas (SE) and Porcine Parvovirus (PPV) enhanced through vaccination is key to control infectious reproductive problems in sows [1]. Therefore, the evaluation of SE-serological response enables...
Comparative dynamics of the humoral immune response elicited by three inactivated vaccines against swine erysipelas and porcine parvovirus: Part 2
The protective role of specific antibodies against Swine Erysipelas (SE) and Porcine Parvovirus (PPV) enhanced through vaccination is key to control infectious reproductive problems in sows [1]. In this study, the comparative dynamics of post-vaccination...
How can precision feeding reduce aggression in your pig herd?
Aggression and abnormal biting behaviour in pigs is a multifaceted problem, however, changes in feeding methods may help in reducing the occurrence of such behaviour...
A study into the efficacy of PRRS vaccine in a Korean swine farm
In this study, we evaluated the efficacy of Ingelvac® PRRS MLV piglet vaccination in a Korean swine farm that co-infected with PRRSV-1 and PRRSV-2....
Piglets have allergies too: post-weaning lag caused by sensitivity to soy protein
Early weaned piglets have been plagued by poor growth performance, known as the “post-weaning lag", but is it hypersensitivity to soy protein that is causing this? ...
Is this clostridial disease the cause of sudden deaths in your herd?
The clostridial disease: neglected but always present...
Top tips for reducing aggression in sows and boars
Uncontrolled aggression in pigs, both towards conspecifics and towards humans, can be catastrophic. Irene Camerlink, researcher at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, provides tips on how to predict and reduce instances of aggression in boars...
From birth to bacon: the Croatian pig enterprise running its own supply chain
A large Croatian agricultural group has just introduced a new 1,350 sow herd to its already established range of livestock and grain farming enterprises...
The profits of good mothers
Good sows are the basis of a good pig herd. Investing in sow health and calm behaviour will pay off in terms of sow productivity and piglet growth. But how much exactly? Irene Camerlink reports...
Case report: Piglet PRRS-vaccination in combination with pig flow improvements give better finishing results
This case report describes the finishing production results of variable interventions that were implemented over time to improve the health of the pigs, under field conditions....
Comparative study of two vaccines against neonatal diarrhoea on a Canadian commercial farm
by W. Ariza,1 DVM; D. Robles,1 BSA; J. Badia,2 DVM; D. Torrents,3 PhD; I. Bernal,3 DVM. 1 Swine Health Professionals, Steinbach, Manitoba (Canada); 2 Hipra Animal Health Canada Inc., Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); 3 Laboratorios Hipra S.A, Amer, Girona (Spain)....
Field efficacy study of Rhiniseng® in Europe in a farm with problems associated with Bordetella bronchiseptica
A. Sánchez-Matamoros,1 PhD; A. Martos,1 MSc; O. Boix,1 MSc; A. Martínez-Abarca,2 DVM; F.J. Pallarés,3 PhD 1 HIPRA, Girona, Spain; 2 Dalland Hybrid España S.A., Murcia, Spain; 3 Dept. Anatomy and Comparative Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,...
Efficacy of one-dose vaccination against two Mycoplasma strains causative of enzootic pneumonia
Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyopneumoniae) is the primary agent of enzootic pneumonia in pigs. Pigs are often infected with different M. hyopneumoniae strains. This study assessed the efficacy of vaccination against experimental infection with two genetically...
Four senses: a guide to recognising disease in your herd
Early recognition is the first step to successfully managing a disease outbreak or illness in your herd but how can you use the senses of sight, sound, touch and smell to detect the abnormal animal and to differentiate it from the rest of the herd?...
Circovac® on the farm: Veterinarian saves farm by strengthening the immune defences of the pigs
When the PRRS virus broke out in a large swine farm in Western Himmerland, Denmark, the farm veterinarian proposed treatment by vaccination against a totally different virus, PCV2, to strengthen the immune defences of the pigs enabling them to fight the...
The many ways that ASF is threatening the global pig industry
With 22 cases of African swine fever (ASF) confirmed in China this month, it is no surprise that key trading partners are voicing their concerns over the direction of pork and feed markets. Melanie Epp speaks to experts in the US about the potential impact...
Tag-team farming: the benefits of franchise production
A number of pig farmers in the Netherlands are enjoying the benefits of joining forces, having forged a united approach to marketing produce, writes Chris McCullough...
Ask an expert: Genetics and reproduction
This month The Pig Site puts some of your questions to Dr Craig Lewis, chair of the European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders and PIC Genetic Services manager...
Need some tips on improving your litter numbers?
The ultimate aim of pig breeders is to have large, healthy litters, but what can be done to maximise the number of healthy piglets born? Liz Shankland looks at ways of maximising the number of piglets produced per farrowing...
The inner workings of a global swine semen facility
Stuart Lumb provides an insight into the facilities and processes of a boar stud and artificial insemination (AI) centre based in Northern Ireland...
 
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