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How Commercial and Non-commercial Swine Producers Move Pigs in Scotland
Scotland's commercial pig producers are not isolated from the non-commercial sector and may frequently interact, directly or indirectly, according to this new study - an important fact to bear in mind with regard to biosecurity and the control of future...
Development of an Air Filtration System for Swine Transport Vehicles to Protect Against Airborne Diseases During Transport
A review of the progress made at the Prairie Swine Centre, presented at the 33rd Centralia Swine Research Update. The necessary components have been identified and a prototype is now being tested....
Effects of Transport Time and Location within the Truck on Bruises and Meat Quality of Pigs
A Canadian study indicates that the adverse effects of prolonged transport and low temperatures on meat quality can be aggravated by the location of the pig in the transport vehicle. Skin bruises were more prevalent in the winter than the summer....
Practical Time and Temperature Options to Curb Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus in Pig Vehicles
Having established that the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus could be transmitted in pig trailers, Iowa State University researchers found that only two options worked to clean the trailer effectively - heating to 160°F for 10 minutes or leaving...
Costs of Bedding, Trailer Wash-out and Transport Losses in Market Weight Pigs
Based on 2011 figures, the highest estimate for annual costs of wash-out and bedding to the US pig industry was estimated at $135 million, according to Rebecca Kephart and others in the Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 2014. ...
In-Transit Losses of Pigs: Investigation of Hog Heart Health
Most of the pigs that died during transportation had a pre-existing cardiac abnormality, according to Kathy Zurbrigg of the University of Guelph and co-workers, and the heart lesions appear to have a genetic link. Their study was presented at the Centralia...
Effects of Immunological Castration on Changes in Dressing Percentage and Carcass Characteristics of Finishing Pigs
Immunologically castrated male pigs lost more liveweight during transport and lairage than physically castrated males, intact males or gilts, according to new research from the University of Illinois. The immunologically castrated animals has a one percentage...
Lorry Biosecurity
Inexpensive and simple steps can greatly improve biosecurity on your farm, according to BPEX in No. 43 in the 'Action for Productivity' series....
Water Sprinkling Market Pigs in a Stationary Trailer. 1. Effects on Pig Behaviour, Body Temperature and Trailer Micro-climate
A study at the University of Guelph indicates that sprinkling pigs in a stationary vehicle when the environmental temperature is above 23°C was effective in preventing an increase in body temperature during transportation. The treatment had no adverse...
Behaviour and Handling of Physically and Immunologically Castrated Market Pigs
Immunological castration resulted in similar or even improved animal welfare compared with boars subjected to physical castration in an experiment at Texas Tech University. ...
Identification of Post-mortem Indicators of Welfare of Finishing Pigs on the Day of Slaughter
The concentrations of lactate and glucose, together with creatine kinase activity, were found to be relevant indicators for the welfare of finishing pigs at the slaughterhouse, according to Danish researchers....
Factors Affecting the Transportation of Market-weight Pigs
Experiments in Canada reveal that pigs take longer to load into and double-decker trailers than pot-bellied trailers but the reverse occurs at unloading and there were differences in behaviour during lairage. Ramps and tight turns slowed the pigs' movement....
Identifying Cause of Death of Hogs that Perish In-transit: Pilot Project at Two Ontario Packing Plants
Slow, low stress handling and keeping hogs cool during loading and transport continue to be the most practical recommendation for reducing transport deaths. These are the conclusions of Kathy Zurbrigg and Tony van Dreumel following research reported in...
Development of an Air Filtration System for Swine Transport Vehicles
Researchers at the Prairie Swine Centre have developed a design of an air filtration system to filter incoming air in transportation trailers to protect high-value animals from airborne transmissible diseases...
Effects of Trailer Design on Animal Welfare Parameters and Carcass and Meat Quality of Three Pietrain Crosses Transported over a Long Distance
The pot-belly trailer had no adverse effects of pig welfare or meat quality in a study reported by researchers based in Canada and Spain. Pietrain-cross pigs (50 per cent Pietrain) were more susceptible to transport stress but pork quality was acceptable,...
Welfare, Carcass and Meat Quality of Pigs in Transport
The type of vehicle used to transport pigs and the location of the animal in the truck as well as the season of the year affect the welfare of pigs during transport....
Loading and Unloading Pigs
Handling and moving animals appropriately will make the process easier, minimise stress levels for pigs and stockman and reduce the risk of injury, according to BPEX in No. 7 of its Work Instruction series. ...
Points to Ponder When Raising Heavier Weight Pigs
Space allocation, size of feeder, manure pits and ventilation may need to be re-considered as pig market weights increase, says Doug Richards, Swine Grower-Finisher Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in the latest...
Effects of Transport Duration on the Stress Response and Pork Quality of Pigs
Improvements in truck design and optimisation of handling and transport practices will reduce most of the stress experienced by pigs during long transport, according to a report in the 2011 Annual Report from the Prairie Swine Centre. The study was carried...
Loading Facilities for Market Hogs: Saskatchewan's Top 10
A study by Jennifer Brown, T. Stevens and Harold W. Gonyou shows that farms with high prod use actually had the longest loading time. Their paper is published in the 2011 Annual Report from the Prairie Swine Centre. ...
Bedding Study: Less Can be Better
The standard in the US industry is to use four bales of bedding per semi-trailer but new research challenges that set amount, according to the National Pork Board....
Reduction of Transport–Induced Stress on Finishing Pigs by Increasing Lairage Time
A longer lairage time allowed the pigs transported a short distance to recover from transport stress, according to new research from Spain....
Loading Facilities for Market Hogs: Saskatchewan’s Top Ten
For swine producers, loading pigs at marketing can be one of the most stressful and time-consuming experiences, according to Harold Gonyou, Jen Brown and T. Stevens in the ...
 
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