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Five Steps to Help Fallout Pigs Bounce Back
In nursery performance, consistency is key. Pigs that fall behind the rest of the group can lag through future phases and require additional days to finishing. To promote uniform groups, work toward a goal of 0.5 percent or fewer fallouts in the nursery....
Listening to Consumers to Maintain Agriculture’s Social Licence
Today it seems everyone has an opinion about how food should be grown, writes Angela Lovell....
Feed Intake, Growth, and Feed Conversion: What Does it All Mean?
Feed intake and growth are two key traits for the bottom line of a commercial grow-finish or farrow-to-finish producer. However, the metric commonly used to measure herd performance is the ratio of these two traits or feed efficiency, measured as feed...
Back to the Basics of Feeding Pigs
Reliable nutritional information, whether from book values or laboratory analysis, is important to determine what diet will meet a pigs’ requirements to grow, reproduce, produce milk, fatten or maintain its weight depending on stage of life, writes...
Toxins Attack Piglets During Post-Weaning Dip
Many articles are written about the stressful period piglets experience right after weaning, though too often on-farm discussions focus on issues such as diarrhea or oedema that occur anywhere from 1 week to 1 month post-weaning. Antibiotics and/or high...
Beneficial impact of a PRRSV vaccination program combining a modified live vaccine and PROGRESSIS® on virus circulation and technical performance
PRRS is one of the most significant pig diseases in the modern swine industry. The addition of a killed vaccine (KV) vaccination at D90 of gestation in farm where sows are regularly vaccinated with a modified live vaccine (MLV) have been shown to contribute...
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....
Training Caregivers to Spot Sick Pigs Early Leads to Higher Performance, Lower Mortality
Pig health is critical for maintaining animal welfare and ensuring a steady supply of safe and affordable pork. “Sustainable Health” is a series of articles about common health issues in today’s swine herds and options available for managing them...
Water Quality: Differences of Perception and Management Between Pig and Poultry Producers
Control of water management is more settled in poultry farming compared to practices in the pig industry. ...
Using Diagnostics to Optimize PCV2 Vaccination
Pig health is critical for maintaining animal welfare and ensuring a steady supply of safe and affordable pork. This is the first in a series of articles about common health problems in today’s swine herds and options available for managing them sustainably,...
Organic Acid Feed Additive Can Reduce PEDv Risk
Infection with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) causes severe diarrhea, vomiting, enteritis and high mortality in young pigs and continues to be a serious problem for the swine industry. ...
PRRS in Latin America
Research from Mexico, Chile, and Colombia indicates that PRRS remains an important swine health challenge in Latin America. This research was presented in various poster sessions at the 24th International Pig Veterinary Society Congress, Dublin, Ireland,...
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. ...
Loading Facilities for Market Hogs: Top Ten
Load-outs can be a stressful and time consuming experience. Poor load-out procedures can result in downer pigs and death losses. ...
Eradicating Mange on Farrow-to-Finish Pig Farms Using ARPEGE
Mange (Sarcoptes Scabiei var. suis) remains an important disease impacting pig herd productivity. Its prevalence has clearly declined due to successful herd eradication programs, write B. Boivent, G. Perreul, O. Merdy, R. Arena and F. Joisel, Merial,...
More Milk Production for Better Piglet Performance
Getting better piglet performance starts with higher quantity and quality milk production. Phytogenic feed additives can support both, write Richard Markus, Assistant to Development Director and Christine Hunger, Product Manager Phytogenics....
Oral Fluid Sampling as a Tool for PRRSV Surveillance in Gilts
Gilts are a potential source of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and their introduction into breeding herds is a pivotal step of disease control, write Giacomini E et al....
Effect of Dual Technology Prime Boost Vaccination in Sows on Circulation of PRRSV in Post-Weaning Piglets
PRRS is one of the most significant pig diseases in the modern swine industry. Current vaccination strategies are based on the use of Modified Live Vaccines (MLV) and/or Inactivated Vaccines. Nevertheless, in many farms PRRSV circulation in weaned piglets...
Measuring Time-to-Virus-Negative-Piglets Interval in PRRSv Positive Sow Herds
The point at which a PRRSV-positive breeding herd begins to consistently produce entire groups of PRRSV-negative weaned pigs is important. First, PRRSV-negative weaned pigs can begin to co-mingle. Second, PRRSV-negative weaned pigs can sig­nal when it...
Feed Processing and Nutritional Quality among Wheat Classes Fed to Weaned Pigs
Feed processing and nutritional quality for CPS and Durum wheats have traditionally been expected to be lower than for Hard Red Spring (HRS). ...
Ceva Valora® as an Efficient Alternative to Surgical Castration
Male pigs are castrated in order to limit or eliminate problematic aggressive behavior, uncontrolled mating and a boar taint, which represents a significant food quality problem, write I. Kiss, V. Palya, R. Krejci and P. Mazerolles, Ceva....
What’s Wrong with My Pigs? - Rectal Prolapse
Rectal prolapse can look quite ordinary but can have a serious impact on animal health. It can prevent removal of metabolites produced during the digestive process, cause pain, encourage biting by pen-mates – thus leading to infection and even bacteraemia...
How Do We Effectively Re-invest in our Swine Operations?
Nationally we have an aging ‘fleet’ of barns, with the last big building effort concentrated between 1991 and 1998; these barns have seen more than half their productive life, even with good maintenance. ...
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