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Are My Pigs Eating?
Typically, up to half piglets consume no creep feed before weaning and about one in five does not eat any starter feed within 48 hours post-weaning, according to R. Gauvreau and D. Beaulieu of the Prairie Swine Centre in its Annual Research Report 2013-14....
Nitrous Oxide for Piglet Euthanasia
A study at the University of Melbourne in Australia has demonstrated that 90 per cent nitrous oxide in air can effectively euthanise piglets....
Comparable Farrowing Progress in Confined and Loose-housed Hyper-prolific Sows
A new Danish study reveals that confinement in a farrowing crate before and during farrowing did not affect farrowing progress of sows but confinement of the sows for four days after farrowing reduced piglet mortality....
Survey of Serum Vitamin D Status across Stages of Swine Production and Evaluation of Vitamin D Premixes
Subclinical hypovitaminosis D appears to be more common than previously thought, especially in commercial pigs kept indoors, according to a new study at Iowa State University. ...
Feeding Reduced Crude Protein Diets with Crystalline Amino Acid Supplementation Reduce Air Gas Emissions from Housing
Researchers at Michigan State University have found that it is possible to reduce ammonia emissions from growing-finishing pigs without sacrificing performance by reducing the crude protein level in the diet and using amino acids to ensure the pigs' requirements...
Rodent Control on Farms
At the 2014 Pig Farmers' Conference in Ireland, Michael McKeon of Teagasc shared his knowledge of rodent behaviour to achieve effective rodent control....
Lactation Failure in the Sow
Lactation failure or postpartum dysgalactia syndrome involves one or more of the following symptoms: mastitis, metritis and agalactia, infections of the udder and uterus and reduced milk production, respectively. Agn├Ęs Waret-Szkuta and Guy-Pierre Martineau...
Effects of Fibre on Optimal Threonine:Lysine Ratio for 25 to 50kg Growing Gilts
Research at the Hans H Stein Monogastric Nutrition Lab at the University of Illinois reveals a higher threonine requirement for pigs fed a high-fibre diet than for a low-fibre diet, based on optimised growth rate....
Early Indicators of Iron Deficiency in Large Piglets at Weaning
Larger piglets in the litter are more likely to suffer from iron deficiency anaemia than their smaller littermates, a new Danish study has revealed....
Kansas Swine Day 2014
Proceedings of the Kansas State University Swine Day 2014....
Lessons on Group Sow Housing
Delegates at the 2015 Banff Pork Symposium heard that the topic of housing sows in groups has shifted from a controversial area of discussion to a clear way of the future, particularly with a new Pig Code of Practice set for implementation....
Welfare of Pigs During Transport
To maintain an adequate level of animal welfare during the marketing process requires having a fit pig that is carefully managed and handled, according to Dr Temple Grandin of Colorado State University. She explains how to achieve this in a factsheet...
Composting Dead Pigs
Amy Quinn and Ciaran Carroll of Teagasc explored the options for composting and presented their findings at the 2014 Pig Farmers Conference....
Individual Pig Care Programme Improves Performance and Health in Nursery-growing Pigs
A programme called 'Individual Pig Care' from Zoetis improved production and promoted more effective management with more targeted use of medication, according to this new study....
Emergence of Highly Pathogenic PRRS in Medium-scale Swine Farms in Cambodia
In the first investigation of its type, researchers have found that there is a high incidence of highly pathogenic porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) in medium-scale pig farms in south-eastern Cambodia and that the first infections were...
Genomics Set to Drive New Era of Pig Genetic Improvement
Genomic technologies that combine genetic analysis with bioinformatics, are set to become a much bigger factor in pork genetic improvement according to William Herring, director of genetic development for PIC....
Clinical Signs of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea in Ukraine in 2014
Dr John Carr, pig veterinarian, describes the clinical signs of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) in Ukraine in 2014 associated with a Chinese/US PED virus. Around 30,000 piglets were lost in the outbreak and performance took almost five months to return...
Markets Promising for New-look Canadian Pork Industry
The Canadian pork industry has undergone tremendous transition, emerging with a new-look, streamlined profile and globally competitive, market analyst Kevin Grier told the 2015 Banff Pork Seminar....
Salmonella Reduction in Pig Herds and Pork: The Danish Experience
The success of the Danish programme is more due to improved slaughter hygiene than to reductions in primary production although more Salmonella in herds makes it more difficult for the slaughter house, according to Jan Dahl, DVM, Chief adviser with the...
Methods for Inactivating PEDV in Hog Trailers
A summary of four studies conducted between September 2013 and July 2014 to evaluate the efficacy of different aspects of commonly used trailer sanitation protocols for inactivating porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV)....
Mortality, Morbidity and Fertility after Accidental Electrical Shock in a Swine Breeding and Gestation Barn
Researchers at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana report on the accidental electrocution at a pig breeding farm, in which six sows were lost but the event had no long-term effects on the litter size of the other sows in the house. ...
Superdosing to Eliminate Dietary Phytate an Opportunity for Performance Gains in Swine
The use of phytase feed enzymes is increasingly moving beyond the simple release of phosphorus (P), with more complete phytate elimination through superdosing offering considerable performance gains, according to AB Vista. ...
Saskatchewan Pork Industry Symposium 2014
The latest Saskatchewan Pork Industry Symposium was held in Saskatoon on 18 and 19 November 2014....
 
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