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Pioneers in the Piggery
A farming couple in Australia attribute the success of their pig farm to the constant search for innovation and improvement. Focus on pork quality, animal welfare and environmental impact are at the heart of that success, which they want to hand on to...
Effects of Group Housing after Weaning on Sow Welfare and Sexual Behaviour
An Australian-Danish study has found that sows housed in groups at weaning and re-grouped after insemination experienced higher stress than sows housed in individual stalls at weaning and mixed in groups after insemination, leading to less successful...
Effects of Generic Ractopamine on Growth Performance, Carcass Characteristics, Meat Quality and Cutability of Finishing Pigs
Production and cutability were improved in finishing pigs fed 10mg per kg of generic ractopamine but the treatment had no significant effects on meat or fat quality, according to new research from the US....
The Link Between Feed and Salmonella in Pigs
At the 2014 Teagasc Pig Farmers Conference, a paper by first-named author, Anne Marie Burns, showed Salmonella detected in either feed or pig faecal samples on nine out of 10 high-seroprevalence pig farms in Ireland. It also confirmed the occurrence of...
The Right Approach? Tackling the Fumonisins Challenge in Pig Production
Fumonisins – a group of toxic and carcinogenic fungal metabolites commonly found in corn (maize) and its by-products – pose a significant threat to swine production, according to Shu Guan, Biomin Technical Manager....
Xylanase Characteristics: Key to Unlocking Consistent, Reliable Gains from NSP-degrading Enzyme Use
The factors affecting efficacy in non-starch polysaccharide (NSP)-degrading feed enzymes remain subject to considerable confusion, despite increasingly widespread use within the poultry and swine sectors, writes Dr Craig Wyatt, AB Vista Poultry Technical...
Quantifying the Prevalence of Lameness and Hoof Lesions in Canadian Nucleus Herds
A Canadian survey of genetic nucleus herds showed moderate levels of lameness and a high prevalence of hoof lesions, report Yolande Seddon and Jennifer Brown in the 2013-14 Annual Research Report from the Prairie Swine Centre in Canada. The authors comment...
Monitoring Farrowings and Farrowing Intentions in 'Hogs and Pigs' Report
More pigs and more pig meat look likely to appear on the US market in 2015 than last year, forecasts Lee Schulz in the current 'Iowa Farm Outlook'....
Unravelling the Complexities of Animal Welfare in Developed Markets
Welfare issues will not derail the positive outlook for pork industry, Dr Glynn Tonsor of Kansas State University told the 2015 Banff Pork Seminar in Canada. ...
New Research on Calcium Provision in Growing Pigs
Work at the University of Illinois funded by AB Vista aims to improve our understanding about the digestibility of calcium in growing pigs....
Variation Immune Response and Viraemia in Experimental Challenges with Porcine Circovirus
Researchers at the University of Nebraska showed that the growth rate of pigs infected with porcine circovirus 2 (PCV2) was more closely but inversely related to the replication rate of the virus than to antibody levels....
Comparison of Impact of Behaviours Performed by Entire Male and Female Pigs Prior to Slaughter on Skin Lesions
A new study from Ireland shows that entire males were more aggressive and performed more mounts than female pigs and that, as a result, the boars had more skin lesions. It was found that carcass lesion score is a sensitive indicator of aggressiveness...
Efficient Energy Use in Pig Feed Production
Scottish pig production operates in a very tight commercial environment....
Swine Enteric Coronavirus: Worldwide Threat to Global Pig Sector?
As winter returns to the northern hemisphere, so too does the threat of Swine Enteric Coronavirus Diseases (SECD). What is the current status of the disease around the world and have control measures been effective?...
Effect of Particle Size in Calcium Carbonate on Digestibility and Retention of Calcium by Growing Pigs
Particle size does not affect calcium retention or digestibility in growing pigs, according to researchers at the Hans H. Stein Monogastric Nutrition Laboratory....
Oxford Real Farming Conference 2015 Offered Alternative Solutions
Now in its sixth year, the Oxford Real Farming Conference has become a fixture of the UK's agricultural calendar, reports Sarah Hulbert....
Maintaining Growth in Pigs Weaned from Large Litters
A review of some research into optimising diets for weaned pigs from large litters by Peadar Lawlor and colleagues at Teagasc. The inclusion of milk by-products appears to be beneficial but cereals need not be cooked, they told the 2014 Teagasc Pig Farmers...
Skip-a-Heat
Could skip-a-heat benefit the productivity in your sows or gilts? BPEX offers advice in No.15 in its Work Instructions series....
Versatile Aquatic Plant Provides Fuel for People and Food for Pigs
A new study indicates that duckweed has potential as a good protein source for pig diets, according to researchers at the University of Illinois....
Emerging Threats Quarterly Report – Pig Diseases – July-September 2014
Among the health issues featured in this quarterly report from the Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) are elevated mortality in Klebsiella septicaemia outbreaks, a changing pattern in the occurrence of PRRS and the continuing threat...
Humanising Gilts and Young Boars
In No.14 of its 'Work Instruction' series, BPEX explains how to get young gilts and boars destined for the breeding herd accustomed to people and thus make them easier to handle....
Amino Acid Digestibility in Rice Co-products Fed to Growing Pigs
A University of Illinois study has established the digestibility of the crude protein and amino acids in broken rice, two sources of full fat rice bran and defatted rice bran for growing pigs....
Teagasc Pig Farmers’ Conference 2014
Proceedings of the Pig Farmers' Conference 2014, held at the Horse & Jockey and Cavan Crystal hotels in Ireland on 21 and 22 October. ...
 
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