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Water Availability and Crowding
Optimum and minimum space allowance for grower-finisher pigs and the interactions with the provision of drinkers are explained by the Prairie Swine Centre....
Tips for Managing Newborn Piglets
The first few hours of a piglet's life are critical for its survival. This feature gives some tips for ensuring newborn piglet health, aiming at reducing early piglet mortality and increasing weaning weights....
High Quality Fishmeal the Best Protein Source for Weaned Piglets
A recent study commissioned by the International Fishmeal & Fish Oil Organisation (IFFO) at the China Agricultural University compared the effect of a number of different dietary protein sources on the performance of young piglets....
Managing Fly Infestations in Pig and Poultry Production
Did you know that fly infestations in pig and poultry buildings could be costing livestock farmers 10% in lost growth rates and egg production? That could equate to over €10 (£8.50) per pig in extra feed requirement....
PRRS with Special Reference to Clinical Aspects and Diagnosis
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) emerged as a disease with clear symptoms, including reproductive problems in sows, high mortality of neonatal piglets as well as respiratory disease and mortality in piglets but it has since been linked...
Are Sows Leaving the Herd Too Early?
In sow facilities, longevity is key. The longer a sow stays in the herd, the more potential she has to reach – and exceed – her breakeven point. New research shows many sows are leaving the US sow herd at a young age – a problem potentially linked...
North American Pig Market Hit by Trade Rows, Disease and Currency Volatility
North America currently accounts for more than half of the world exports of pork but in recent months, the sector has been facing a succession of challenges that have been threatening to rock the market, writes Chris Harris....
A Good Start in the Pigs Life Means a Good Finish
It is’s vital that the pig gets off to a good start in life as this will go with the pig throughout its life, through to slaughter. One kg extra weight at 6 weeks means 1-3 kg more weight at slaughter, 3-4 days less to finish and $ 2-3 more profit margin,...
PRRSV in GB Pig Herds: Farm Characteristics Associated with Heterogeneity in Seroprevalence
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) antibodies were detected in 66 per cent of more than 100 herds surveyed in Great Britain....
What is Really Going on in the US Pork Industry?
Ahead of the World Pork Expo, ThePigSite asked the President of the US National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Dr Ron Prestage, for his views on the current state of the US pork sector....
PED Update in US and Canada: What a Difference a Year Makes
While new outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) continue to be reported each week in the United States, the pace is slowing – as a result of the change in season and the winter of 2014-15 produced fewer outbreaks than the previous year....
Are Your Piglets Iron Deficient? - Causes, Signs and Treatment
Are your piglets pale or slightly yellow and having trouble breathing? This could be due to Anemia. Piglets are born with low iron levels and for piglets reared indoors, the development of iron levels is hindered, which can lead to severe ill health of...
Nutrition of the Sow During Early Gestation for Optimum Productivity
Speaking at the 2nd UK Trouw Pig Nutrition Conference, Dr Pieter Langendijk, Nutreco R&D, explains how the nutrition of the sow during early gestation can effect productivity, writes Stuart Lumb for ThePigSite....
Dynamics of Nitrogen Retention in Gestating Sows: Implications for Feeding Programmes
Gaining a better understanding of protein deposition during pregnancy will help nutritionists to formulate better diets for sows and gilts during this period, C.F.M. de Lange of the University of Guelph told the 2015 Centralia Swine Research Update....
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....
 
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