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Maximum Phytate Destruction
Phytate (IP6) is a significant anti-nutrient, binding other key nutrients important for growth including Ca, Zn, Fe, plus other trace minerals and amino acids. Dietary phytate can increase maintenance costs and reduce energy utilization for growth, writes...
Can PEDv Be Successfully Contained in the US?
After the US was hit hard by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) in late 2013 and 2014, there was much uncertainty about what to expect in 2015. However, last year held few surprises for several reasons, writes Sarah Mikesell for ThePigSite....
Xylanase in Corn-Based Pig Finisher Diets
With feed making up 70% of the production costs in swine, technologies that can effectively improve feed efficiency are still a focus for producers targeting a lower overall cost of production, writes Dr Pete Wilcock, AB Vista Global Technical Manager....
The Broken Sow: Fix Your Sow and You Fix the Piglets
Stop looking at the dead piglet in the farrowing pen. By the time you have found it you have missed out on the basic cause of its death. Generally the cause has nothing to do with the dead pig other than the fact it could not survive, write Lorne and...
Latest Cost of Pig Production Report - 2014
Welcome to the 2014 edition of AHDB Pork's report on pig production costs in selected countries. ...
How to Farm Pigs - Feeding
This guide from the FAO provides small scale or backyard farmers information on how best to feed your pigs including diets, equipment and regime....
How to Farm Pigs - Housing
This guide from the FAO provides information on how to create the most efficient pig housing for small scale or backyard pig production....
How to Farm Pigs - Health Issues
This guide from the FAO provides information on all the major diseases and parasites that may affect the pigs in your small scale or backyard pig unit. Information given on the illness includes signs and prevention. ...
Pigs in Blankets: How To Keep Your Pigs Warm In Winter
For the smallholder or small-scale producer who doesn’t farm pigs on an industrial scale, keeping pigs through the winter can be a daunting prospect writes Dan Turner for thePigSite. ...
African Swine Fever Biosecurity - The People Factor - Part 3
GLOBAL - To protect your pigs and the pig farm from African Swine Fever (ASF), it is vital to keep out new pathogens. In part 3 of this series, veterinarians John Carr and Mark Howells, discuss the number four source of pathogens onto your farm - people...
African Swine Fever Biosecurity - Truck Hygiene - Part 2
GLOBAL - To protect your pigs and the farm from African Swine Fever (ASF), it is vital to keep out new pathogens. In part 2 of this series, veterinarians John Carr and Mark Howells, discuss the number three source of pathogens onto your farm - trucks....
African Swine Fever Biosecurity - Fencing - Part 1
GLOBAL - To protect your pigs and the pig farm, it is vital to keep out new pathogens. African Swine Fever (ASF) is the latest scourge to threaten the European pig industry and this must be kept out. But it should be remembered that it is important to...
Twelve Years Usage of a Natural Growth Promoter – the Asian Experience
With costs of pig production under increasing pressure, the nutrition of young pigs is of increasing interest, as this period is critical to the subsequent performance of the animals through to market, write Ryan Von de Leon and Christian Lückstädt...
Understanding the Lag of Genetic Improvement Transfer from Nucleus to Commercial Units
The pig industry’s production system or pork value chain is usually viewed as a three-tiered pyramid. This pyramid is comprised of nucleus units (selection herds), multiplier units and commercial units, writes Dr Pius B. Mwansa, Genesus Geneticist....
Are Porcine Circovirus Diseases Still Important?
Porcine circovirus (PCV) type 2 (PCV2) was firstly characterized in 1998 as an agent systematically present within the lesions of a novel disease called postweaning multisystemic wasting syndrome (PMWS), writes Joaquim Segales....
Six Steps to Preventing LA-MRSA Spread Between Livestock and Farmer
Livestock associated Meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) is a bacteria that has developed resistance to certain antibiotics. As LA-MRSA can passed between humans and animals, the UK government has created six key steps you can take on...
Concurrent Respiratory Infections in 221 Cases of PRRS Virus Pneumonia: 1992-1994
Of more than 200 clinical cases of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), concurrent pulmonary infections caused by a wide range of pathogens were identified in 60 per cent of the cases....
Determination of Infectious Titer and Virulence of an Original US PEDv PC22A Strain
Porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) is a highly contagious enteric disease of swine characterized by acute watery diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, and weight loss. It was first observed in farm pigs in England in 1971, write Xinsheng Liu et al, Ohio State...
Fermentation and Enzyme Addition Increase the Digestibility of Fibre and Phosphorus in Pigs
A combination of fermentation and enzyme addition increases the nutritional value of alternative sources of feedstuffs for pigs. Particularly the digestibility of fibre and phosphorus is improved....
Cost-Effective Genomic Selection for Pig Feed Efficiency
For the pig industry, feed is the largest cost of production, accounting for about 65% of the total cost. Breeding feed efficient pigs is an important tool for a pig breeding company to assure its continued competitiveness and success, writes Chunyan...
Pig Pen Design is Key to Optimum Performance
Silence, or something close to it, is a wonderful thing to hear in a sow gestation barn. It’s the sound of productivity, and one that many pork producers incorrectly assume they can’t achieve....
Using Genetics to Increase Litter Size and Survival of Piglets
CANADA - Over the past few decades, genetic selection for prolificacy in pigs has resulted in significant improvement in litter size at birth and at weaning....
Pathogenesis of PRRSV-induced Increase in Susceptibility to Streptococcus suis Infection
Both porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome viruses (PRRSV; high and low virulence) used increased the susceptibility of weaned pigs to a challenge with Streptococcus suis....
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