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Animal Variation and the Derivation of Optimal Shipping Strategies for Finishing Pigs
The difference between the average individual and the population mean response depends on the amount of genetic variation in a herd....
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....
Management Factors Associated with Sow Farrowing Rate
The objectives of this study were to determine associations between low farrowing rate and various management factors in sow herds. ...
The Importance of Liver Protection for Sows
A sow’s liver is commonly under stress. A number of actions can help protect the liver and support healthy animals, write André Van Lankveld, Swine Technical Manager and Karin Nährer, Mycotoxin Risk Management Product Manager....
Stochastic Model of PRRS Control Strategies on a US Swine Farm
This article looks at the effectiveness of different combinations of control strategies for PRRS at the individual herd level. The goal is to determine the most effective strategy for PRRS virus control...
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. ...
Creep Feeding in the Farrowing Room: Do the Outcomes Depend on Weaning Age?
Creep feed could benefit older weaned piglets by supplementing nutrients in sows’ milk. Additionally, it could aid the transition to solid feed at weaning, perhaps more of a benefit to the younger weaned piglet. ...
Managing Energy Intake and Costs of Grow-Finish Pigs
The cost of feed has been rising and while research has focused on amino acid requirements and cost, research on the cost of energy itself has been behind. ...
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...
What’s Wrong With My Pigs? - Vomiting
Vomiting should not be confused with regurgitation...
Managing Variation to Achieve Uniformity in Pig Production
Many packers utilize payment methods that require producers to ship pigs that meet certain targets in order to maximize income from their pigs. These targets are largely centered around slaughter weight and lean yield. If a pigs weight is too light it...
Classifying Swine Herds by Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus Status
The purpose of this paper is to provide a herd classification system for describing the PRRSV status of herds, based upon a set of definitions reflecting the biology and ecology of PRRSV. ...
Complex Genetic Relationships Between Pig Lean Growth Efficiency and Pork Quality
All pig producers will agree, feed is the largest cost of production, accounting for about 65% of the total cost. So improvement of feed efficiency has always been a priority in pig breeding and selection programs, as any effort aimed at increasing feed...
Drinker Design Affects Water Intake and Wastage in the Nursery
Nipple drinkers wasted about six times more water than the push-lever bowl type, which has significant implications for the cost of water and for manure disposal. ...
Disease Impacts on Performance of Grow-Finish Pigs
All agree that during the time pigs are infected and sick that performance is reduced. The interesting part is what happens after the pigs recover from infection, writes Bob Kemp, PhD P.Ag. Vice President Genetic Programs and Research & Development, Genesus....
A Guide to Ventilating Pig Buildings
The pig building ventilation guide from AHDB Pork aims to help producers provide optimum living conditions for pigs, thereby improving production efficiency, through a better understanding of the principles of ventilation and types of system available....
What is Category Management?
The Category Management definition from the Category Management association is ‘Trading partners collaborating to determine the point of optimisation in pricing, promotion, shelving, and assortment to maximize profitability and shopper satisfaction’....
Optimising Functional Feed Additives for Good Gut Health
One of the most important changes in livestock production over the past two decades has been the recognition of gut health as a key driver of animal performance. This phenomenon has been accelerated by increasing awareness of the impact of good livestock...
Feeding Mycotoxin Contaminated Grains to Swine
Mycotoxins are chemicals produced by moulds or fungi infecting grains. There are over 400 known mycotoxins; however only a small number of these probably affect pig performance on a regular basis. ...
Improving the Iron Status of Young Pigs with Phytase Superdosing
Traditionally in swine nutrition much focus is placed on energy, protein and/or amino acid requirements for the young pig, however improving their trace mineral status of is also vital for optimal growth and efficiency. ...
Challenges of Pig Farming in Cameroon - Surviving in a World Without Meatpackers
Pig production in Cameroon as in many countries of Sub-Saharan Africa requires good pioneering skills. With only a minimum of organised trade, high feed costs and a high disease pressure, being successful could hardly be a larger challenge. Jonas Tchenda...
Interaction Between Pig Density and Dietary Energy on Performance and Returns
Dietary net energy and stocking density independently affect performance, feed utilization and profits in the finisher barn. ...
Why do Mycotoxins Lead to Decreased Productivity and Profitability in Animal Production?
Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by filamentous fungi that cause a toxic response (mycotoxicosis) when ingested by higher animals....
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