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Effect of Feeding Ractopamine Hydrochloride on Growth Performance and Responses to Handling and Transport in Heavy Pigs
This experiment from the US confirms that ractopamine improves the performance of pigs and that aggressive handling can have negative effects on their physical, metabolic and physiological responses. The highest dose rate led to a higher incidence of...
Establishing Bedding Requirements During Transport for Finishing Pigs
A new study at Texas Tech University reveals that moderate levels of straw bedding minimise the mortality of pigs during transportation in cold weather, while less bedding was beneficial under mild and warm environmental conditions....
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...
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)....
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....
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...
 
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