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Improving Feed Efficiency
Bruce Schumann of Grand Valley Fortifiers Ltd and Ruurd Zijlstra of the University of Alberta explained to the 2014 London Swine Conference how to improve feed efficiency in growing-finishing pigs by using feed additives or adjusting feed form, nutrient...
Swapping Litters
Swapping whole litters will reduce the stress normally experienced by the piglets from being moved and mixed with a group of new litter mates, whilst providing the weaker piglets the opportunity to recover through improved milk intake, according to BPEX...
How to Maintain a Swine Manure Storage System
Reduce the risk of environmental issues by regular attention to the level, integrity, appearance and safety of a manure storage system, advises Erin Cortus of South Dakota State University for Pork Information Gateway....
Effects of Extrusion of Corn and Oats on Digestibility of Energy, Crude Protein and Fibre in Diets Fed to Pigs
Extrusion of corn (maize) increased its digestibility and concentration of energy but the treatment did not affect these parameters when applied to oats, according to new research at the Hans H Stein Monogastric Nutrition Lab at the University of Illinois...
Tagging Animals for Identification
Why and how to tag sows and other pigs are explained by BPEX in No.11 in its 'Work Instructions' series....
Phosphorus Digestibility in Rice Co-products Fed to Growing Pigs
Phosphorus digestibility is not not high in most rice co-products but the high concentration of the mineral in some products makes them good sources if microbial phytase is also added to the feed, according to new research from the Hans H. Stein Monogastric...
Sudden Death During Transport: How Hog Heart Health Affects in-Transit Losses
At the London Swine Conference 2014, Kathy Zurbrigg of the University of Guelph described a study, in which she found that the majority of pigs that died in transit had a pre-existing cardiac abnormality, similar to one found in humans....
Effect of Diet Composition and Particle Size on Nutrient Excretion of Finishing Pigs and Propensity to Cause Manure Pit Foaming
Fibre composition in soybean hulls has a greater impact on manure-foaming capability than the fibre in DDGS, report Zhaohui Luo, Pedro Urriola, Bo Hu, and Gerald Shurson of the University of Minnesota and Brian Kerr of USDA-ARS. They also found that diets...
Marketing Pigs
Pigs need to be sold at an optimum weight in order to maximise profit. Chad Paulk of Texas A&M University explains how to calculate the best weight in a Factsheet for Pork Information Gateway....
Shunt Fostering on a Three-Week Batch System Outdoors
The aim of shunt, cascade or two-stage fostering is to provide extra suckling capacity when born alive is higher than the number of functioning teats in that batch, according to BPEX in no.10 in its Work Instruction series. ...
Managing Pile-ups
Sylven Blouin explained to the 2014 London Swine Conference how Agri-Marché manages piglet flows as sows become more prolific....
Strategies to Improve Sow Productive Lifetime
Changes in vulva development during days 95 to 115 of age, presumably driven by oestrogen production from tertiary follicles, may be a useful tool to identify which gilts to keep for breeding, according to this report for Pork Checkoff....
Post-harvest Grazing of Hogs in Organic Fruit Orchards for Weed, Fruit and Insect Pest Management
Where pigs were allowed to graze under apple, cherry and pear trees, there was significantly less insect damage to the fruit the following season, US-based researchers have reported....
Survey of Current Swiss Pig Feeding Practices and Potential for Ammonia Emission Reduction
A survey in Switzerland reveals that ammonia emissions from pig production could be reduced at low cost, in particular, by lowering crude protein levels in feeds for finishers and dry sows....
African Swine Fever: Growing Concern Across Europe
Concern is rising in Europe over the continuing increase in the number of cases of African swine fever (ASF) that are being reported in the north-eastern EU states....
International Trade: Barriers and Opportunities for Canada's Pork Sector
Two-thirds of Canada’s pork products are exported, making export markets vital to the health and continued growth of Canada’s hog industry, trade consultant, Kathleen Sullivan, from Ottawa told the 2014 London Swine Conference in March 2014....
How Do the Danes Rear 35 Piglets Per Sow and Year?
One Danish pig farmer shared the secrets of his success in rearing more than 35 piglets per sow and year, saying it’s all about teamwork, attention to detail and the desire to be number 1. Jackie Linden reports....
Measuring Manure Depth in the PED Era
The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus stays viable in stored manure for extended periods of time. In barns that have experienced a PED outbreak, producers should avoid bringing stored manure back up to the surface where it could infect PED-susceptible...
Ambient Air Quality Regulations That Impact Swine Operations
Current air quality regulations, why they were implemented, what swine operations are affected and how to comply are explained by Erin Cortus of South Dakota State University and Richard Stowell of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in a Factsheet for...
Normal and Abnormal Behaviours of Swine under Production Conditions
Yuzhi Li of the University of Minnesota explains the sensory capacities of pigs, describes their normal behavioural patterns and shares understanding of abnormal behaviour and its possible causes in a factsheet for Pork Information Gateway....
Retrofitting for Group Housing of Sows
This paper, presented at the 2014 London Swine Conference by Sylven Blouin of Agri-Marché in St-Isidore in the Province of Quebec, describes the conversion of two farrow-to-finish units to group housing....
Day-to-Day Management of Group Housed Gestating Sows
With group housing systems, stockpeople need to evaluate sows carefully and be prepared to remedy any problems quickly, according to Beth Ferry (Extension Educator in Cassopolis, Michigan) and Ronald O. Bates (State Swine Specialist, Michigan State University)...
Evaluating Low-fat DDGS for Use in Swine Diets
Swine nutritionists using low-fat distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) may have to formulate diets based on lower values for amino acid digestibility than conventional DDGS....
 
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