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Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae Potentiation of PRRSV-Induced Pneumonia
Pigs inoculated with M. hyopneumoniae 21 days prior to inoculation with porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) developed more severe respiratory disease and interstitial pneumonia than others only infected with PRRSV....
Pig Nutrition: Forage Feeding with Alternative Protein
There is an urgent need to develop commercially viable feeding systems using organic rations that will meet the nutritional requirements of pigs and support animal health and welfare....
Simple Guide to Organic Pig Production
Organic pork is a growing market in many countries, providing premium prices to producers alongside excellent animal welfare and environmental benefits. This guide, by Melanie Jenkins, explains how to produce for the organic sector....
Efficacy of PCV2 Vaccination with CIRCOVAC® Under Swiss Field Conditions
The objective of this randomized controlled trial was to compare the production parameters during the castration-to-slaughter period in piglets vaccinated against PCV2 with CIRCOVAC or not-vaccinated, under Swiss field conditions, write S. Dalessi, A....
Effects of Group Housing on Sow Welfare: A Review
This new review by researchers in Australian and Denmark reveals that competition for feed is at the root of much aggressive behaviour in sows and that famliarity between sows and genetic selection can help. The paper highlights a number of areas where...
Predicting Phosphorus Utilisation Efficiency as Part of a Strategic Feeding Programme
This factsheet presents research findings from a BPEX-funded PhD project carried out at Newcastle University and is published as number 25 in the 'Research into Action' series. The project investigated the ability to estimate the phosphorus (P) requirements...
Reduction of Mortality and Antibiotic Use by Piglet Vaccination Against PCV2
PCV2 infections are widespread and therefore vaccination is regularly implemented to control infection. However, under field conditions, the infection status at the moment of vaccination may be variable and is generally unknown, write V. Gardeyn, K. Van...
Effect of PRRSV Infection on the Clearance of Haemophilus parasuis by Porcine Alveolar Macrophages
Pigs infected with porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv) showed a marked reduction in the functional ability of their alveolar macrophages to kill Haemophilus parasuis and produce superoxide anion....
Moving Towards Non-Castration: What are the Alternatives?
As Europe moves towards an outright ban on castration in 2018, researchers are working hard to find alternatives. One alternative is immunocastration, a non-hormone vaccination widely used in Brazil, Belgium and Australia. Another is the production of...
Impact of Piglet Birthweight on Profitability
People who have raised pigs have long realized that the birth weight of a piglet is associated with it potential to make a profit for the pig farmer. I will refer to this as the ‘Route to Profit’, writes Dr John Mabry, Professor of Genetics, Iowa...
Alternative Farrowing Options in the Swine Industry
Over the past decade there has been increased awareness from the public on animal welfare issues related to sow farrowing and lactation, and this factsheet from Monique Pairis-Garcia at Ohio State University described some alternative options to the...
Improving Pig Welfare: Addressing Tail Docking
In pigs, an intact, curly tail may well be the most important animal-based welfare indicator, says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). It stands for both high quality management and respect for the integrity of the pig. It is obvious that a farmer...
Do Not Forget About the Basics: Heterosis
Crossbreeding is incorporated into most commercial breeding programs in the swine industry, unlike other animal production industries (e.g. dairy and beef to a certain extent). One of the greatest benefits to crossbreeding is the phenomenon of heterosis,...
Field Efficacy of a PCV2 Vaccine in a High-health Danish Farm Under Subclinical PCVD Conditions
PCV2 is a widespread virus, present in the swine population all over the world. Even in subclinical conditions, it has been proven to decrease pig performance in the whole production cycle, hence decreasing profitability, writes P.Mortensen et al, Merial....
Global Protein Developments: What are the Implications for the Meat Industry?
Global protein demand will increase by a factor of 3.5 over a 50 year period, namely from 1980-2030. Poultry will show the biggest increase in demand, followed by eggs, with seafood and beef having the lowest increase in demand, writes Stuart Lumb....
Endemic PRRSV Infection of Nursery Pigs in Two Swine Herds without Current Reproductive Failure
The porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) affected nursery pigs on two farms that had normal reproductive for more than two-and-a-half years following an outbreak, and piglets on one farm showed signs of septicaemic salmonellosis....
A Perspective of Stockpersons and the Humane Euthanasia of Swine
The role of the stockperson in the humane killing of pigs is explained by Madonna Gemus-Benjamin and Scott Kramer of Michigan State University (MSU), Alastair Bratton (Verus Health Alliance) and Tina Conklin (MSU Extension) in the latest issue of 'MSU...
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...
 
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