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Pig producers worldwide benefit from genetic progress
New genetic techniques are increasing the productivity, efficiency, and yield of PIC pigs at a remarkable rate. This increased rate of genetic progress is showing as accelerated improvement in commercial pig farms. And there is more to come!...
The ban on routine castration in Europe – is it progressing?
A ban on routine castration in Europe by the end of 2018? The Pig Site speaks to Dr Craig Lewis, PIC global product development team member overseeing genetic services for the European, Russian, and African regions, to discuss boar taint and potential...
Training gilts for electronic sow feeding: the fundamentals of success and pitfalls to avoid
The transition to group housing during gestation in North America requires many adjustments. Best practices continue to be developed as the number of group-housed sows steadily grows. In a 2016 survey, PIC found that around one third of the US pig herd...
Pork Meat Quality: Understanding Industry Measurements and Guidelines
There is no single definition of high quality meat used in the pork industry today. Meat quality is a combination of subjective and objective measurements which vary across markets, particularly international markets....
Eight Dimensions of Pig Feed Intake
Most articles on feed intake in wean-to-finish (W2F) analyze the effects of individual factors, such as water availability, feeder space, energy diet or stocking density on average daily gain (ADG) and feed conversion (FCR). However, it is important that...
Principles and Decision Making in Pig Diet Formulation
From a macro level, once growth and feed intake in the specific production system are known, the first step in diet formulation is to define the most economical net energy (NE) level....
Preparing for Summer: Managing Late Weaners
The necessity to stay competitive forces pig producers all over the world to continually analyze their performance and costs to drive continual improvement. Small changes in some indicators can have a big economic impact. ...
Risk Factors for Prolapses in Sows
In animal production, an abdominal organ prolapse is a condition where an internal organ moves from its normal position in the abdominal cavity to the exterior through the anus or vulva....
Tryptophan:Lysine Ratio Requirement for Nursery and Finishing Pigs
Tryptophan (Trp) is an essential amino acid that has a large impact on feed intake regulation by manipulation of metabolic pathways. ...
Economic Model for Optimum Tryptophan:Lysine Ratio for Nursery and Finishing Pigs
This tool, developed by Kansas State University and Ajinomoto Heartland, calculates the most economical Standardized Ileal Digestible (SID) Tryptophan (Trp) to Lysine (Lys) ratio by taking into account information specific to your production system and...
Genomics Set to Drive New Era of Pig Genetic Improvement
Genomic technologies that combine genetic analysis with bioinformatics, are set to become a much bigger factor in pork genetic improvement according to William Herring, director of genetic development for PIC....
Kinetics of the PRRSV Humoral Immune Response in Serum and Oral Fluids Collected from Individual Boars
Detection of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) in oral fluids collected from individual boars could provide an effective approach for monitoring the infection in boar studs as well as from sows, according to new research from...
Summer Breeding Tips
Pig breeding company PIC offers tips on how to be cool by being prepared for high summer temperatures....
Raporal Makes Tastier Pork
Every day, four trucks leave from the Raporal factory, on the outskirts of Montijo in Portugal to the warehouses of Jerónimo Martins (JM). ...
Meeting the Challenge of Feeding Just-Weaned Pigs
Feeding newly-weaned pigs can be a challenge, but remember, good care at the beginning translates into more profit in the end. PIC offers advice on how proper feed management for newly-weaned pigs can help to overcome these challenges....
Milk Production and Nutritional Requirements of Modern Sows
Milk production levels of over 11 kg per day day can be achieved by today's sows in commercial situations, providing that specific needs are met for lysine and energy intake, according to Casey Neill and Noel Williams of PIC North America in a paper presented...
Effect of Birth Weight on Subsequent Pig Performance
There is a direct relationship between piglet birth weight and subsequent performance to market, including carcass quality and meat quality, according to PIC research conducted by N. Matthews, S. Jungst, C. Jones, B. Fields and A. Sosnicki. They presented...
Segregated Parity Structure on Breeding Farms
This paper presents the rationale for segregating sows on a farm into age-dependent sub-populations in order to take advantage of nutrition, management and health opportunities. It was presented by R. Dean Boyd (The Hanor Co) and Noel Williams (PIC USA)...
Optimum Length of Time for a Boar to be in Stud
There are typically two conflicting perspectives: that of the boar stud and that of the semen customer, commercial pig producer, according to J.S. Fix and colleagues at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and Pig Improvement Company. They have developed...
Ins and Outs of Good Biosecurity
By Caroline Blaken, PIC UK. Biosecurity can be split into two main areas – external and internal. However, designing a practical routine or farm set-up that can optimise security and minimise potential risks is not often as simple as it sounds. ...
I Want it all... and want it now... Eight ball plan could show you how
By Sue Corning, PIC UK. This is a challenging time for the pig industry and indeed the whole supply chain. There are decisions you can make today that will make a difference, or checks that can help confirm and tweak the decisions you have made to optimise...
How to Exceed Production Targets
Dr. Jose Henrique Piva, Technical Services Director for PIC. Producers would like to believe their herd performance is always above average, but in reality, that may not be the case. This eight-point action list may help you get closer to exceeding production...
 
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